SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Columbia, South Carolina

OFFICE OF THE STATE COMMISSIONER OF MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTIVE NO. 753 - 91
(5-100)

TO:              All Organizational Components

SUBJECT:   Smoking Policy

 

I. Purpose

The purpose of this directive is to implement the Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 by setting forth rules regarding smoking in South Carolina Department of Mental Health buildings and vehicles.

II. Scope

This directive covers all organizational components of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health including Community Mental Health Services.

III. Policy

A. The hazards of smoking are well-documented. Smoking poses a significant risk to the health of the smoker. Moreover, the U.S. Surgeon General has found that in sufficient concentrations side-stream smoke is not only annoying to non-smokers, but is a cause of disease in non-smokers. Smoking is costly in terms of diminished productivity, unnecessary soiling and destruction of property, increased health care costs and premature death. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health is concerned about the health of employees, patients and clients who choose to smoke tobacco and will offer smoking cessation programs to those who wish to quit. The South Carolina Department of Mental Health is also concerned about the health of its non-smoking employees, patients, clients and visitors and will provide, to the extent feasible, a smoke-free environment on Departmental property for any person -- employee, patient, client or visitor -- who chooses not to smoke.

B. The Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 makes it unlawful for any person to smoke in public indoor areas in South Carolina except as expressly permitted by the law. All buildings and vehicles owned, leased and/or occupied by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health are subject to the law.

C. It is unlawful and prohibited for any person (employee, patient, client or visitor) to smoke or possess lighted smoking material in any form in Department of Mental Health vehicles.

D. It is unlawful and prohibited for any person (employee, patient, client or visitor) to smoke or possess lighted smoking material in any form in buildings comprising a health care facility, except where the health care facility has designated a smoking area in employee break areas. The health care facility may choose to be smoke free. Health care facilities for purposes of the Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 include all Department of Mental Health inpatient facilities.

E. It is unlawful and prohibited for any person (employee, patient, client or visitor) to smoke or possess lighted smoking material in any form in government buildings other than health care facilities except that smoking shall be allowed in enclosed private offices and designated areas of employee break areas. Government buildings for the purposes of the Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 include all mental health centers, community programs, the main administration building, and other administrative services buildings -- food service, warehouse, physical plant services, motor pool, etc.

F. Each facility or organizational component shall conspicuously display signs designating smoking and non-smoking areas alike, except that signs are not required in private offices.

G. Each facility and organizational component shall promulgate its own smoking policy and implement the Clean Indoor Air Act of 1990 in conformance with this Directive.

IV. This directive rescinds and supersedes SCDMH Directive No. 710-87, "SCDMH Policy on Smoking on Departmental Property."

 

                                                                                    Joseph Bevilacqua
                                                                                                  Joseph J. Bevilacqua Ph.D.
                                                                                 State Commissioner of Mental Health

Date: August 9, 1991