Smoke-Free Parks Coming in January 1, 2018
To ensure that Olympia’s parks are healthy places free from secondhand smoke, beginning January 1, 2018, smoking will be prohibited in all City of Olympia parks and trails. The smoking ban includes cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, e-cigarettes, and all other vaping devices. Under state law, smoking marijuana is illegal in all public places including parks.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the benefits of a smoke-free parks policy?
Creates healthy and safe environments for park users, particularly children and youth.
Protects parks and natural areas from potential risk of fires.
Protects parks and natural areas from environmental degradation caused by littering of cigarette butts and other tobacco-related waste.
Supports individuals who are trying to quit smoking or have already quit.
Reduces exposure to children and youth to smoking and vaping, protecting their health and discouraging them from staring a habit that is difficult to quit.
How will this ordinance be enforced?
We are hopeful that park visitors will respect posted signs, and also anticipate that peer education will be necessary for the ordinance to be successful. This is how similar laws have worked in Seattle and Portland. If someone refuses to stop smoking in a park after being asked to stop, citizens are encouraged to contact a Park Ranger at 360.570.3905.
Will I still be able to use chewing tobacco in a park?
Yes. Please be courteous of other park users.
Will I be able to vape in a park?
No. The ordinance prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes, vapor cigarettes or other similar products. More research is needed to understand the health impact of e-cigarettes, but studies have found carcinogens and toxins contained in them.
Will there be designated smoking areas in parks where I can smoke?
No. Smoking will be prohibited in all areas of Olympia’s parks and trails.
Will I be able to smoke weed in a park?
No. The use of marijuana in public places including parks is prohibited under Washington State Law.
Where can I get help quitting?
Call 1-800-QUIT NOW or 1-800-784-8669 for the Washington State Quitline or visit www.smokefree.gov