Smoking and Vaping in Public Places Ordinance

New Ordinance

On January 1, 2021 the Smoking and Vaping in Public Places ordinance went into effect. 

This ordinance:

  • Prohibits smoking and vaping in indoor public spaces, places of employment, and certain youth oriented outdoor public places in Thurston County.

  • Requires signage at building entrances and youth oriented outdoor places.

If you need a sign for your business or place of employment, print a temporary sign here:

To order a decal or cling sticker for your business, email us and we will mail signage to you. 

  • Send an email to: vapefree@co.thurston.wa.us

    • Include your name and mailing address.

    • Indicate whether you want a sticker (5.5" x 7.5") or a static cling (4" x 5.5")

Report a Violation

To report a violation regarding compliance contact us at: 360-867-2667 or Environmental_Health@co.thurston.wa.us


Background on Ordinance

The Thurston County Board of Health held a public hearing on the Smoking and Vaping in Public Places ordinance on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 and subsequently voted unanimously to adopt this ordinance. 

  • The hearing can be viewed on the Thurston County YouTube channel.

  • Slides from the hearing

  • Ordinance

SEPA Review

Public Health & Social Services staff also prepared State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) documents, which led to a determination of non-significance (DNS). The comment and appeal period on SEPA DNS ran concurrently with that of this public hearing, and resulted in no comments or appeals of the determination of no significant adverse impacts from the ordinance.

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