Fulton Smoking Ban Heats Up

7 years 10 months 1 week ago Tuesday, December 07 2010 Dec 7, 2010 Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:12:14 AM CST December 07, 2010 in News
FULTON - Ashtrays in front of Fulton businesses are looking a little more bleak tonight, but it is not because city residents have decided to stop smoking. In fact, residents are required to stop smoking in certain areas after Fulton's ban on smoking has gone into effect starting today.

The new ordinance does not allow smoking within 15 feet away from any city business building, nor does it allow employees to smoke in their vehicles while they are on the clock.

This ban has angered some residents who feel as if banning smoking is a violation of their personal rights. Fulton resident Jeff Coleman is especially upset about the ordinance and even plans to take action to put this issue back on the ballot in the future election.

"I have civil rights as well," Coleman said. "A lot of people that smoke have to be 15 feet away from the building. I don't think it's right."

However, others feel as if they will not see too much of a drastic change with the new smoking ban. Local business owner Anna Saving likes the smoking ban and it would not hurt her business, but can understand why it would make some people upset.

"I'm not a smoker because I'm from Illinois where smoking is banned anyway," Saving said. "And when I go out, I don't want to come back smelling like smoke for three days."

The fine for the first violation can be anywhere up to $100, $200 for the second violation, and up to $500 for the third.

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