Boulder, Colo. Expands Smoking Ban

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The Boulder City Council has been on a steady march to eliminate smoking in the city’s more populated areas, and on Tuesday night the campaign took another step forward.

The council unanimously voted to adopt an outdoor smoking ban that prohibits lighting up in the downtown business district as well as in city parks and open space or within 25 feet of bus stops, multi-use paths and entrances to buildings. It also includes the use of e-cigarettes.

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The full text of the proposal can be found in the agenda packet from Tuesday’s meeting.

Boulder has been chipping away at the places people are allowed to smoke since 2012 when it passed a ban in an area known as the Pearl Street Mall. The area grew again in September 2014, and in mid-November the council passed the first vote on this latest expansion.

DailyCamera.com reports that verbal and written warnings will be issued to violators in the immediate future, with police to begin writing tickets to violators in May. It also noted that no one spoke in opposition of the proposed expansion of the ban.

Boulder is home to just over 101,000 residents as well as the University of Colorado.

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