At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council voted unanimouly in favor of enacting a ban on the use of all tobacco products as well as tobacco alternatives in the city’s parks and adjacent areas, which would include parking lots, sidewalks and bus stops.
The ban goes into effect on April 1, and will subject violators to a fine of $50 should they refuse to comply. However, city leaders have said that they are not looking to fine people, but needed a method to make the law enforceable.
Burlington is home to an estimated 52,700 residents. It is located 110 miles northeast of Charlotte.