Springfield Smokefree Air Act of 2011

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The 31st Judicial Circuit Court has denied a request for an injunction against the Smokefree Air Act of 2011, passed by Springfield voters on April 5.

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Limited, Free Signs Available:

Springfield-Greene County Health Department
Front Desk
227 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield MO 65802

American Heart Association
2446 E. Madrid Ave
Springfield MO 65804

American Cancer Society
3322 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield MO 65807

Additionally, local office supply stores, print shops, and home centers may have signs available for purchase.


Call 864-1010 during normal business hours, M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Voters have approved the Springfield Smokefree Air Act of 2011. This ordinance became effective at 12:01 a.m., June 11, 2011 and supersedes all previous smoking ordinances. It prohibits smoking in:

  • all enclosed places of employment
  • all enclosed public places
  • within five feet of outside entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems where smoking is prohibited.

Under the new ordinance, smoking is defined as follows:

“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” also includes the use of an e-cigarette which creates vapor, in any manner or form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of this Article.

Under Springfield City Code Chapter 58 – Sections 1000-1020, responsibilities for a manager/owner/person having control of a business are to:

  • provide a smokefree workplace.
  • not knowingly permit or allow any person to violate the provisions of Chapter 58 – Section 1000-1020 in the location under your authority. This includes common work areas, auditoriums, classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, private offices, elevators, hallways, medical facilities, cafeterias, employee lounges, stairs, restrooms, company vehicles, and all other enclosed facilities.
  • communicate to all employees regarding your businesses compliance with the smoking ordinance.
  • clearly and conspicuously post “No Smoking” signs or the international “No Smoking” symbol (consisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a red bar across it) at every entrance to your building.
  • clearly and conspicuously post on every vehicle operated by your business at least one sign, visible from the exterior of the vehicle, stating that smoking is prohibited.
  • remove all ashtrays from any area where smoking is prohibited except for ashtrays displayed for sale and not for use on the premises.

The City will assist businesses in this transition by offering resources and referrals to expert agencies equipped to offer consultation toward compliance with the smokefree ordinance.

Please be assured that the City of Springfield intends to enforce provisions of this ordinance for both individuals who smoke in a public place and owners and managers who allow smoking in a prohibited area.

Compliance with this ordinance is greatly appreciated.

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