The city of North Myrtle Beach passed a “no smoking” city ordinance back in March of 2012. The ordinance prohibits smoking in enclosed public places, city-owned facilities and places of employment and certain outside facilities.
Knowing exactly where you can't smoke in North Myrtle Beach can be confusing. We’ve made it easy to understand by compiling a handy cheat-sheet to help make you aware of local smoking laws, ordinances and provide answers to common questions.
Side note: It looks like Myrtle Beach may try and follow suit. In February 2020, a Myrtle Beach city council member proposed an ordinance that would ban smoking in public spaces, city-owned areas and even on the beach. Surfside Beach was the first city on the Grand Strand to implement a smoking ban, which they did in 2008.
|Where||Can I Smoke Here?||Notes|
|Inside hotel room||Refer to the hotel's smoking policy.||
Each hotel will have their own individual smoking policy.
Example Policy: Smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas only. Smoking is prohibited inside of hotel rooms or on balconies.
|On the Beach||Yes||
Be mindful of and courteous to others when smoking on the beach. It's common courtesy to smoke in an area of the beach where you are (a) not near other visitors and/or (b) other beach goers will not be subjected to your "down-wind" smoke. Please keep North Myrtle Beach clean by disposing of all cigarette butts in the nearest garbage container.
|Outside on condo balcony||Refer to the owner's and/or property manager's smoking policy.||
This is going to depend on the combination of (i) which resort / hotel / condominum complex and (ii) the policies in place by the property management company and/or private owner of the specific vacation rental you are renting.
Example Policy: You are permitted to smoke on the balcony, but the sliding glass door must be shut. Additionally, you are not permitted to smoke in common areas, despite the fact that they are not enclosed (pool, hot tub, lazy river, etc.) and must only smoke in designated smoking areas.
Extremely Important: Always ask about the smoking policy for the specific vacation rental or hotel before making your reservation. Violation of a policy could be grounds for immediate eviction and forfeiture of money paid.
Prohibition of smoking in enclosed public places, city-owned facilities and places of employment and certain outside facilities.
Disclaimer: SoCoastal.com does not offer legal services and this article is not to be considered legal advice. You can view an official copy of the city of North Myrtle Beach's no smoking ordinance here.