In the April 5, 2011, election, nearly three quarters of O’Fallon voters approved Proposition S, the "Smoke-Free O’Fallon" Ordinance. This Ordinance, which bars smoking in all places of employment and indoor public events went into effect on June 16, 2011. This webpage is designed to assist both residents and business owners with information and resources to assist in keeping O’Fallon "smoke-free."
What does this Ordinance mean?
Simply put, it means that smoking in any place of employment within O’Fallon is illegal. This includes libraries, schools, bars, restaurants, stores, manufacturers and private clubs who either have employees or host public events.
Excluded from the Ordinance are private homes unless used as a licensed child care, licensed adult day care or licensed health care facility, outdoor patios and outdoor events are excluded from the Ordinance. Review the approved ordinance (PDF). The ordinance also exempts up to 20 percent of hotel and motel rooms and outdoor spaces more than three (3) feet from doorways, windows or ventilation systems.
In addition, "No Smoking" signs shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at every entrance in every place of employment and all ashtrays shall be removed from any area where smoking is prohibited.
- Information for O’Fallon business owners (PDF)
- Smoke-Free O’Fallon sign (PDF) - Print an official Smoke-Free O'Fallon "No Smoking" sign for display
- "A Guide for Restaurants & Bars" brochure (PDF) - Includes helpful information from the American Cancer Society
Help for people who want to quit smoking
If you, your employees or customers smoke and want to quit, there are resources available through the Missouri Quitline, including free telephone counseling and quit kits. Call 1-800-QUITNOW (1-800-784-8669).
Important infromation about Smoke-Free O'Fallon
Why did O'Fallon adopt this Ordinance?
When did this law go into effect?
I'd like to quit smoking. Any suggestions?
Does this mean I can't smoke at outdoor events like O'Fallon Jammin' and Heritage & Freedom Fest?
How do I report a violation?
The City of O'Fallon has established a phone line 636-379-5533 to report violations of the smoking ordinance. Any reports to the phone number will be investigated by the City's Code Enforcement Department and penalties may apply (PDF) to those found in violation.
However, ultimately, compliance with this Ordinance is simply a matter of respecting those around you. It is everyone's responsibility! Please remember that a polite reminder may be all it takes to keep O'Fallon in compliance with this Ordinance.
What is the penalty for a violation?
What is the definition of a "public place?"
I've heard there's an exemption for cigar bars. Can I smoke in a cigar bar?
Are private residences impacted by the Smoke-free O'Fallon Ordinance?
Do I need to post a "No Smoking" sign in my business?
Yes! The Ordinance reads: "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) shall be clearly and conspicuously posted at every entrance in every public place and place of employment where smoking is prohibited by this Ordinance by the owner, operator, manager or other person in control of that place.
The owner also shall remove all ashtrays from any area where smoking is prohibited by this Ordinance.