Federal, state, county, and local laws reduce youth access to tobacco and unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke through smoke-free and tobacco sales policies.
All 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County have adopted local ordinances. All unincorporated areas follow the County of San Diego smoking ordinances.
For information on federal, state, and local tobacco laws and regulations; local law enforcement agencies in San Diego County; and frequently asked questions, see additional links at the bottom of the page.
Tobacco Ordinances: Unincorporated Area of San Diego County
On January 28, 2020, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance (Ordinance No. 10647) to reduce the impacts of tobacco in the unincorporated area of San Diego County. Effective July 1, 2020:
- Smoking is prohibited in all outdoor dining areas, and within 25 feet from the perimeter of such areas. Additionally, smoking is prohibited within 40 feet from a permitted food facility that is a mobile food or temporary food facility, such as a food truck or food cart.
On December 8, 2020, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance (Ordinance No. 10699) creating a Tobacco Retail Licensing Program in the unincorporated area of San Diego County. Effective July 1, 2021:
The County of San Diego will begin receiving and processing TRL applications on June 1, 2021.
Click below to learn more about what the ordinance means for tobacco retailers and dining establishments in the unincorporated area of the county.
Tobacco control laws and regulations protect the health of the public and promote smoke-free environments. Laws are typically enforced by the local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the violation occurred. See links below for information about federal, state, and local laws.
Webpage last updated 5/18/2021.