Did you Know?
You may not smoke within 25 feet of an entrance to a building.
Businesses are required to post a sign at all their public entrances stating that smoking is not allowed within 25 feet of the entrance. Contact Lakewood’s Community Code Enforcement at 303-987-7566 for decals, which are available in limited quantities.
Lakewood has also provided the Smoke Free Area decal as a .pdf to download and print for your convenience.
What Can Businesses Decide?
The ordinance allows smoking in outdoor areas of any business, including golf courses and patios of restaurants. All businesses are still subject to the 25-foot “smoke-free” perimeter around public entryways. However, if a restaurant has a patio that is within the 25-foot entryway, smoking will still be allowed on that patio.
As of May 12, 2012, no new hookah bars will be allowed to open, no tobacco businesses may open within a liquor-licensed establishment, and no new cigar-tobacco bars will be allowed to open; existing cigar-tobacco bars cannot expand or relocate within the city.
No one under the age of 18 may enter a tobacco business, hookah bar or cigar-tobacco bar.
Smoke-Free Areas Created
The law requires City-owned playgrounds, swimming areas, skate parks, athletic fields, picnic shelters, tennis courts and similar locations in outdoor areas of City parks as well as festival grounds or places for City events and outdoor concerts to be smoke-free.
It also creates smoke-free transit stops, such as light-rail platforms and bus stops.