Rockville Joins Great American Smokeout

Rockville will take part in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 19 to encourage smokers and vapers to drop the habit and take their first step to becoming healthier.

Headshot of Councilmember Dr. David Myles
“While there is so much that is out of our control in this unprecedented moment, we can make individual decisions to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. In addition to wearing a facial covering, stopping smoking has been shown to improve one's health and the health of those around you. Be a good neighbor and be good to yourself.”

-Councilmember David Myles, MD.

Rockville has been a leader in enacting regulations to curb smoking and vaping.

In March 2016, the city expanded its smoke and vape-free area rules to include all city property, city facilities and city parks.

Under an ordinance, passed in May 2017, owners, managers or employees of restaurants and bars cannot knowingly allow smoking or vaping on patios, decks, porches or at other outdoor serving areas.

Food service facilities are required to post conspicuous signs announcing the vaping/smoking prohibition.

Enforcement of the smoking and vaping ban in the city is conducted by the Rockville City Police Department.

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Did You Know?

Montgomery County has also banned smoking and vaping in outside dining areas. (More on the county’s laws regarding smoking and vaping here.)

Montgomery County also bans smoking and vaping in the common areas of multifamily housing — so, no smoking in hallways, lobbies or laundries, etc. The prohibition is enforced by the property’s managers and applies in Rockville.

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

About 32.4 million American adults — and 15.5% of Marylanders — still smoke cigarettes.

Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.

More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease, such as heart and lung disease, which may increase risk for serious complications from COVID-19.