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Non Smoking Ordinance In Vincennes

Friday, January 27th, 2012

cheapest robinson cigarettesFor the first time in its long history the city of Vincennes is considering an anti-smoking ordinance. The measure would ban captain-black indoors in most businesses and public buildings. The smoking proposal was initiated by a mayor with only a couple of months left in office.

Just down the street from the Vincennes City Hall is a mural of favorite son Red Skelton with cigar in hand.

Under a new ordinance being proposed by Mayor Al Baldwin lighting up a stogie inside could be against the law in the future.

“Maybe this is a gift that I can give to the remaining council members, to the community, you know the gift of good health, the gift of fresh air,” said Baldwin. The ordinance basically makes any inside smoking off limits.

There are exceptions for private clubs, homes, tobacco shops and a phase in period for bars.

“It’s not our intention to be overwhelming with this but for the most part where the general public is invited on a particular piece of property we think it is well to insure their good health,” added Baldwin.

Over the last several years a lot of businesses have gone non smoking in Vincnnes and a lot of local institutions have either limited smoking on their properties or cut it out altogether. So, it raises the question, why introduce this ordinance?

“If I had been reelected I was going to do it anyway,” said Baldwin. “Maybe second term, but since that didn’t happen and we have some retiring members on the city council and the political aspect has been diminished somewhat by their retirement, maybe this is something they’ll give serious consideration.”

That’s something the community will be watching as the anti smoking ordinance is debated by a short term mayor and outgoing council.

Fultondale’s Non-Smoking Ordinance

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

discount sobranie cigarettes Today is the first day the city of Fultondale’s non-smoking ordinance goes into effect. The ordinance, adopted by the city council in July, is one of the strictest in the state. It prohibits “smoking captain-black in plublic places, all workplaces and providing penalties for the violation thereof.”

The ordinance prohibits smoking in almost any place where people gather, including indoor and outdoor privately-owned property, except for private residences.

Violation of the ordinance is not an arrestable offense, but rather is punishable by fines, which increase with each additional infraction within a year’s time.

“I think everyone is going to abide by it,” said Fultondale Mayor Jim Lowery. “I think most people are accustomed to doing things this way, anyway.”

Fultondale police did not return calls, but Lowery said the officers might start with verbal warnings at first, although it wouldn’t last long.

“When we were talking to the health department, they were suggesting we give warnings… But you can give warning after warning without anything happening,” he said.

Lowery said only a few businesses within the city had smoking areas before the ordinance was passed, including O’Charley’s and Oysters and Stuff restaurants, and that none had shown any resentment towards the ordinance. He also said incoming businesses, such as sports bar and restaurant On Tap, were notified of the ordinance before making their decisions to open in the city.

“We told Craig Beegel [owner and founder of the On Tap franchise] about the smoking ordinance, and I was worried he wasn’t going to like it. But, when we told him, he said, ‘yeah, okay, sounds good.’” said Stan Smith, real estate broker for Fultondale.

The ordinance states that a member of the general public will be fined no more than $50 for violating the ordinance at any time. Anyone who manages, owns or operates any place of business, employment or generally public place will be fined up to $100 for the first ingraction, $200 for the second within a year and $500 for each additional infraction within a year. Violations can also result in suspension or revocation of business licenses. Those same managers, owners and operators are also responsible for asking ordinance violators to stop smoking, and are required to contact law enforcement if violators don’t comply.

“My personal opinion is that the law isn’t the right thing to do. Business owners should be allowed to make their own decisions about whether or not to allow smoking in their businesses,” said John Douglas, owner of Home Field Sports Bar and Grill. Home Field was destroyed in the April 27 tornados, and Douglas is currently trying to re-open the business. Although Home Field is at odds with the city over the interpretation of some building codes, he said he doesn’t believe the conflict has anything to do with his stance on the smoking ordinance.

Lowery said the city may allow businesses to have special outdoor patios for smoking; however, a provision in the ordinance may make that difficult states that smoking is prohibited “in and within 20 feet of outdoor seating or serving areas of restaurants or bars.” Lowery said no businesses have shown significant interest in building designated smoking areas.