City of Sioux Falls says tobacco ordinance has been successful

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Sioux Falls city leaders say the outdoor smoking ordinance passed in May is proving to be a success.

It is designed to promote a healthier environment in the city, support people who want to quit using tobacco, and provide a positive example for kids.

The ordinance prohibits the use of any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, on City-owned property when youth activities take place.

In addition, smoking prohibited as follows:
• The area within a distance of 25 feet from entrances of all City-owned buildings is smoke-free.
• Special events held on City property are smoke-free unless the event organizer requests a defined smoking area that minimizes public exposure to smoking. The Parks and Recreation department must review and approve the designated area.
• City property that is leased or managed by a third party is smoke-free; however, these properties may designate a smoking area that minimizes public exposure to smoking. Examples of these facilities include the Washington Pavilion, Orpheum Theater, Great Bear Recreation Area, Canaries Stadium, and the Sheraton Hotel.
• The area inside the access road on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center campus, which includes the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls Convention Center and Sioux Falls Arena, is smoke-free. The access road connects Bailey Street to Western Avenue and Russell Street to Western Avenue.
• City golf courses are smoke-free except for parking lots and during the course of play. The course of play is defined as after the first tee and before the green of the final hole of any nine holes of play.
• Ticket, boarding, and waiting areas of any public transit depot are smoke-free.