The Rock Hill Parks & Recreation Commission appeared to have a good case on their hands going into Monday night’s city council meeting to get a parks smoking ban passed, but the council seemed to have other ideas, choosing not to take any action on the proposal.
The proposal was based on a similar ban on smoking at city sporting events and facilities that was passed 20 years ago, and was seen as a way to continue to improve the health of the city’s residents and reduce cigarette butt litter at parks. At one point of its draft the proposal was said to consider designated smoking areas, but was ultimately scrapped as it was seen to be unenforceable, according to a report from HeraldOnline.com.
Any new ban would require the drafting and passage of an ordinance, something that the council didn’t appear to be ready to move forward with on Monday. While the matter isn’t completely dead, it’s at least on hold for the foreseeable future.
Rock Hill is the fifth-largest city in South Carolina, with a 2013 population estimate of 69,103 people. It is located in the northern part of the state, 25 miles south of Charlotte, N.C. and approximately 70 miles north of Columbia, S.C.