Where You Can Still Smoke In Bars Across The US (For Some Crazy Reason)

Published On 03/25/2015 Published On 03/25/2015

There’s nothing worse than waking up after a night out and smelling like Ke$ha. You know, where your clothes immediately go into the dry cleaning pile, and your hair takes at least two washes to not smell like the inside of your “eccentric” aunt’s apartment.

While many states have eliminated the odor by banning smoking in bars, that's not the case everywhere. No, as anyone who’s ever spent a weekend in Vegas or South Beach knows, there are still places in America where the nightlife comes complete with a thick cloud of cigarette smoke. And which states are those? Here’s our handy map, broken down by places where it’s outright banned* (red), only banned in certain cities (blue), or still completely legal (black).

*Note that several states, including CA, CT, MI, NH, NJ, NC, OR, RI, and WY allow smoking in designated “cigar bars.”

Light ‘em up! States with no smoking ban:

Arkansas: No ban
Florida: No ban in bars that make less than 10% of their revenue from food sales
Nevada: No statewide ban in bars that don’t serve food
Oklahoma: No ban
Pennsylvania: Ban exempts establishments where less than 20% of revenue comes from food
Tennessee: No statewide ban in places that do not serve persons under 21
Virginia: No statewide ban, but bars or restaurants with smoking areas must ensure they're either outdoors, or separated, enclosed, and ventilated from the rest of the establishment

Careful, now. States with no statewide restriction, but bans in several cities:

Alabama: It's illegal in 33 cities, including Birmingham, Auburn, and Talladega
Alaska: There are bans in nine cities, including Anchorage, Juneau, and Nome 
Georgia: Banned in 10 cities, including Athens and Savannah
Idaho: Prohibited in three cities -- Boise, Moscow, and Ketchum
Indiana: Banned in 19 cities, including Bloomington, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, and Terra Haute
Kentucky: Restricted in 29 cities including Louisville, Lexington, and Bowling Green
Louisiana: Banned in seven cities, including Monroe
Mississippi: Smoking is prohibited in a whopping 82 cities including, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Oxford, and Starkeville
Missouri: No smoking in 23 cities, including Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia
South Carolina: Banned in 53 cities, including Charleston, Columbia, and Clemson
Texas: Can't light up in 41 Texas cities, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio
West Virginia: WV bans smoking by county, and 25 of them say no dice. Morgantown is in one of those 25.
Wyoming: Five cities in WY say take it outside, including Cheyenne and Laramie

Don’t even think about it. States where you cannot smoke in bars, with noted exceptions:

Arizona: Banned
California: Banned, except in cigar bars
Colorado: Banned
Connecticut: Only allowed in cigar bars that began operation before 2003 and that generate 10% of their revenue from cigar sales. Or casinos. 
Delaware: Banned
DC: Exempts hookah and cigar bars who take in 10% of their revenue from tobacco sales
Hawaii: Banned
Illinois: Banned
Iowa: Banned
Kansas: Banned
Maine: Banned
Maryland: Banned
Massachusetts: Banned
Michigan: Allowed in cigar bars and on casino floors only
Minnesota: Banned
Montana: Banned
Nebraska: Banned
New Hampshire: Allowed in cigar bars (that receive 60% of their revenue from cigar-related products) 
New Jersey: Banned, though allowed in cigar bars
New Mexico: Statewide ban with exemptions for cigar bars and casinos
New York: Exempts cigar bars that make 10% of their revenue from cigars and related products
North Carolina: Exempts cigar bars that get 25% of their gross revenue from cigar sales
North Dakota: Banned
Ohio: Banned
Oregon: Statewide ban exempts cigar bars (defined as bars that bring in $5,000 a year in revenue from the sale of cigars)
Rhode Island: Exempts cigar bars (defined as make 50% of their revenue from cigars)
South Dakota: Banned
Utah: Banned
Vermont: Banned
Washington: Banned
Wisconsin: Banned



Learn More