Smoking restrictions in work places and public places are in effect in the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County in order to reduce the public’s exposure to harmful toxins contained in environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).  This page is intended to raise awareness, assist in the implementation of the Evansville and Vanderburgh County smoke free ordinances, and includes information we hope will be useful to businesses and the general public.

Click here to view the Resolution passed by the Vanderburgh County Board of Health in support of a smoke free ordinance.  Links to studies on the effects of environmental tobacco smoke are also provided.


1.   Environmental Protection Agency, Guidelines for Carcinogen Risk Assessment. EPA/630/ P-03/001F  March 2005  Available online at

2.   National Center For Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Tobacco Information and Prevention Source (TIPS) Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Cotinine Levels – Fact Sheet.   January 2006. Available online at

3.  National Cancer Institute FactSheet: Secondhand Smoke: Questions and Answers.  2/22/2005 reviewed.  Available at

4.  Sargent, RP, Shepard, RM, Glantz, SA (2004) Reduced incidence of admissions for myocardial infarction associated with public smoking ban: before and after study.  British Medical Journal 328:977-980.

5.  Pueblo Heart Study Overview. November 2005. Available at

6.  Repace, J. (2003).  An Air Quality Survey of Respirable Particles and Particulate Carcinogens in Wilmington Delaware Hospitality Venues Before and After a Smoking Ban.  Available online at

5.  ASHRAE: Position Document: Environmental Tobacco Smoke.  June 30, 2005. Available online at

The information presented on these pages is intended to assist in the implementation of the Evansville and Vanderburgh County smoke free ordinances, not as an interpretation of the ordinances.  Compliance with the ordinances is the responsibility of everyone.  It is necessary to read and understand the ordinances in order to avoid violations.  

Click here to view the ordinance in effect within the City of Evansville.
Click here to view the ordinance in effect within Vanderburgh County.

Information packets including resources designed to help to achieve a high rate of compliance with the smoke free ordinances are available. CLICK HERE

Smoking Ordinance Exemption Application Forms:
City of Evansville
Vanderburgh County

Complaints concerning the Evansville and Vanderburgh County smoking ban regulations should be reported to the Clerk’s Offices:
within Evansville City Limits:  Evansville City Clerk at 436-4992
within Vanderburgh County lines outside Evansville City Limits:  Vanderburgh County Clerk at 435-5160

Indiana’s Smoke-Free Air Law:  The statewide Indiana smoking ban took effect July 1, 2012.  Click here for answers to frequently asked questions from the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.  More information is available on their website here:

The Health Department offers a smoking cessation program for all City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County residents.  Eligibility requirements include: 18 years or older, not pregnant, smoke at least one-pack per day, obtain a doctor’s permission slip, attend four (4) one-hour classes.  A six week supply of nicotine patches are included at no cost to the participant in this program.  Contact Mary Jo Borowiecki, Health Education Supervisor at 435-5807 or to register.

Click here for other smoking cessation class listings.

Additional information on smoking cessation as well as smoking and tobacco issues can be found on our Smoke Free Links page.

If you have additional questions concerning smoke free ordinances in Evansville and Vanderburgh County, call the Health Department at (812) 435-5695.