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February 15, 2014

A ban on public smoking

City council receives draft ordinance that proposes a ban on smoking in places where food is sold, consumed


Enclosed areas are considered “all space from the floor to the ceiling that is fully enclosed or capable of being enclosed on all sides by walls, windows or doors in any combination.”

If the establishment has areas where smoking is allowed, signs displaying the words “smoking permitted” must be placed to “provide notice to a reasonable person that smoking is permitted in that area(s) of the eating establishment.”

Smoking would be allowed in outdoor patios or seating areas of eating establishments, “if signs are posted at each entrance of the outdoor area to inform them the outdoor area allows smoking.” 

The ordinance would also ban the use of e-cigarettes as well, which have become popular in recent years. The e-cigarettes “closely resemble and purposefully mimic the act of smoking by having users inhale vaporized liquid nicotine.” Food and Drug Administration studies determine that e-cigarettes contain not only nicotine but detectable levels of other carcinogens, including diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze.

Anyone violating the provisions of the ordinance will be subject to a $200 fine for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and up to $2,000 for a third or more offense.


City of Weatherford Draft Smoking Ordinance by weatherforddemocrat

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