Fulton Residents Slow to Adopt New Smoking Ban
FULTON - City leaders told KOMU Friday some people are not following all of the regulations associated with the new smoking ordinance. Officials want to make it clear to those at work smoking in a company vehicle is in violation of the ordinance. The city will allow people to smoke in downtown Fulton only if they are walking, but cannot smoke standing outside a building within 15 feet of the entrance.
According to the ordinance, people cannot smoke in company vehicles or in their own homes if a worker comes to do services. Officials say the purpose of the policy is to prevent workers from acquiring second-hand smoke.
Officials say they are adopting the new policy just as Fresh Air Fulton had first proposed it. But, the city says it has one exception for people who choose to smoke in downtown Fulton.
"If you're walking up and down Main Street, you are obviously sometime within 15 feet of a door, but we're not going to say, 'You can't smoke on Main Street,'" said Bill Johnson, city administrator.
But, some business owners and residents said the new law violates people's rights, and a group of businesses has already started a petition for people to vote on the measure again.
"I don't think everybody knew exactly what they were voting for until after it was passed, and now we would pretty much like to change that," said Wayne Legge, Fulton resident.
The city will have some work to do in getting the wording of the new law across to people. Right now, cigarette butts are visible on city streets within the 15-foot limit from doorways. The smoking ban took effect December 4.