Smoking in Public Places Law
On November 8, 2005, Washingtonians made a healthy choice by voting to pass Initiative 901. The initiative prohibits smoking in all restaurants and bars by amending the state's 1985 Clean Indoor Air Act. Today, the definition of "public places" includes bars, restaurants, bowling centers, skating rinks, and non-tribal casinos. The definition also includes private residences used to provide childcare, foster care, adult care, or similar social services, and at least 75 percent of the sleeping quarters within a hotel.
The Smoking in Public Places law also prohibits smoking within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited.
The initiative had widespread support, with all 39 counties in Washington voting in favor of the law. You can learn more about the law by visiting the Washington State Legislature Website or by reading the initiative's text, RCW 70.160.
To register a complaint regarding indoor smoking, contact Vickie Hodgson or Delphine Bailey at 509 382-2181.