Summerville's smoking ban begins today
Jul 11, 2011 8:07:00 PM - thestate.com
Put it out. Summervilles ban on smoking indoors in public places takes effect today.
The law fines violators and establishment owners between $10 and $25 per incident. It allows exceptions, such as private residences and tobacco stores. It grandfathers existing cigar bars. The ordinance was passed in January by a Town Council divided whether it was over-reaching and interfered with business owners freedom to run their businesses.
The immediate impact wont be large; most town businesses already have become smoke-free.
Enforcing the law will be largely under the jurisdiction of an 83-officer police force that has been stretched because of budget cuts. Among the issues are just how far from a building is a reasonable distance to allow smoking, and how that will affect restaurants with outdoor seating. Officers will respond to complaints, officials said.
Were going to handle it on a case by case basis, said Police Capt. Jon Rogers.
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