There will soon be a new smoking ban in Gaffney, S.C., as the city council approved a proposal that will snuff out smoking at all restaurants and enclosed public buildings in the city, as well as city parks and playgrounds.

In addition, smoking is banned with 10 feet of the above areas, and includes outdoor serving areas of restaurants. The ban was approved by a 4-3 vote at the council’s Sept. 5 meeting, with the approval coming as a bit of a surprise, as the council rejected a similar proposal in April, coincidentally by the same tally.

The ban goes into effect 30 days after its passage, which would be Oct. 5. Once it does, violators and business owners not in compliance will be subject to a $100 fine.

Gaffney is located in the northern part of the state, just over 50 miles southwest of Charlotte, N.C. The city is home to nearly 13,000 residents.

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