Fulton Prepares For Smoking Ban

7 years 1 month 11 hours ago Wednesday, November 17 2010 Nov 17, 2010 Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:05:29 PM CST November 17, 2010 in News
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FULTON - Fulton city officials said Wednesday they are preparing businesses and places of employment for the smoking ban that goes into effect Dec. 4.

The city sent out a letter to businesses earlier this month explaining what the ban will require. Businesses must post "No Smoking" signs and remove ashtrays.

"Fresh Air Fulton has greed to donate 1000 "no smoking" stickers to go on businesses doors," city administrator Bill Johnson said.

Businesses can sign up at the city building to request the free signs. The ordinance states any person found smoking in a prohibited area could face a fine up to $50.

If a person who owns, manages, or operates a businesses is found non-compliant with the ban, he could face a $100 fine for the first violation. Violators would face a $200 fine for the second fine, and a fine not exceeding $500 for each additional violation.

Johnson said the police department will enforce the ban.

"We discussed it in length and thought since they're on duty 24-hours a day and they already have the ability to write citations that they were the most logical choice," Johnson said. "But, as I said, I don't think the enforcement of it is going to be a real big deal.

Businesses are also preparing for the ban. Southside Diner owner Marilyn Bates is bracing for the effects of the ban. She said 95 percent of her customers smoke and she anticipates the ban will drive them to restaurants outside of town.

Westminster College student Mirnes Jasarvic said he comes to the diner every day and is upset he won't be able to continue his ritual of smoking and drinking coffee after classes. He said he isn't sure what he will do once the ban goes into effect, but he may look for another place to smoke outside of Fulton.

The smoking ban was approved by 1,439 voters in the Nov. 2 election. 1,233 voters were against the ban.


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