The City of Sioux Falls is committed to providing a healthy environment for our residents and visitors.

Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Reducing tobacco use in our community:

  • Creates healthier recreational environments,
  • Provides positive role modeling for youth,
  • Protects the environment,
  • Supports individuals who wish to quit tobacco, and
  • Creates greater awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.

City ordinance includes the following regulations:

  • The use of any tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, is not allowed on any city-owned property when youth activities take place. Youth activities are defined as activities in which the intended participants and/or the intended attendees are primarily under 18 years of age.
  • Smoking, including electronic smoking devices, is prohibited on the following city properties:
    • Within a distance of 25 feet from any entrance, passageway, operable window, or ventilation of any city-owned building, unless the person is immediately passing through the area without stopping or standing.
    • Permitted activities as referenced in §95.018 are smoke-free unless the permittee designates a defined area that will minimize public exposure to smoking. The Director of Parks and Recreation shall be provided notice of the designated smoking area prior to issuing a permit.
    • City property that is leased or managed by a third party is smoke-free; however, the lessee or third-party manager may designate a smoking area that minimize public exposure to smoking.
    • 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. The access road connects Bailey Street to Western Avenue and Russell Street to Western Avenue.
    • City golf courses, 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.”
    • Any ticket, boarding and waiting areas of any public transit depot.

Any person in violation of these regulations may be asked to leave the city property on which the violation occurs.

The Sioux Falls Health Department addresses tobacco prevention and promoting tobacco cessation through its Live Well Sioux Falls initiative.

Thank you for helping us create healthier places to work, learn, socialize, and play.