Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Durango City Council Passes Smoking Ban

The Durango City Council on Tuesday adopted a ban on smoking in public areas such as city parks, bus stops, picnic pavilions and the Animas River Trail. The ban would go into effect on Dec. 5 after the law is advertised Sunday in The Durango Herald.
The city plans to post signs in public areas to publicize the ban. Smokers could be fined $100 for a first offense and $200 to $300 for consecutive offenses in the same calendar year. Proceeds would go to pay for anti-tobacco and smoking-cessation effort.
The San Juan Basin Health Department and anti-tobacco groups had lobbied for the ban. Smoking exceptions will be made for Hillcrest Golf Course and Native American groups performing religious ceremonies in public spaces.
For the rest of the story, go to The Durango Herald.

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