On Tuesday, the Gaston County Board of Commissioners approved a multi-pronged smoking ban that will prohibit the use of tobacco products—including e-cigarettes—on county property, including county parks, as well as within indoor public places.
According to the ordinance, the ban will apply to the entire geographic bounds of Gaston County, including the municipalities within Gaston County, but excluding property owned, leased, or maintained by the State of North Carolina. It will not apply to the public streets and sidewalks within Gaston County or to public places that are not indoors.
Tha ban goes into effect on July 1, 2020. Fines for violations will not begin until the third instance, at which point a violator could be charged up to $200.
Gaston County is home to just over 220,000 residents and is located immediately west of Charlotte.