Park Smoking Ban Back on the Table in Claremont, N.H.


Less than three months after a previous attempt to implement a park smoking ban was decried as being “overkill,” a revised proposal is back on the table in Claremont, N.H. and has already garnered significant support from the city council after one reading.

The revised proposal would still ban smoking in city parks but would allow for designated smoking areas


At its first reading on August 27, the proposal received an 8-1 vote of support, with Councilor Kyle Messier voting against the proposal since it didn’t provide enough distance around designated smoking areas, City Manager Guy Santagate told the New Hampshire Union Leader. Currently, the proposal, which is not available for review on the city’s website, establishes a minimum of five foot buffer between the designated smoking areas and entrances, exits or walkways of any building or other area open to the public.

The ban is scheduled to get its second reading at the council’s Sept. 10 meeting. If it is approved, it would go into effect immediately and carry fines of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second and $200 for the third, according to

Claremont is home to just over 13,000 residents.

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