The Randolph County Commissioners have passed a ban on smoking and tobacco usage on any piece of property owned by the county, including parks, recreation areas and around government buildings.

It was the last of those places that spurred the ban, according to a report by MyFox8.comas people complained about having to walk through clouds of smoke to get to the county courthouse and libraries. It grew from there to include all county-owned properties, a change that will go into effect on May 11.

Violators will be subject to a $50 fine if caught smoking or using tobacco products on county-owned property.

Randolph County is home to approximately 143,000 residents, with Asheville its county seat.

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