Voters of St. Johnsbury, Vt. have effectively approved a smoking ban for town property, passing it during a recent election by a count of 653-314.
The ban’s language must still be developed, as the ballot proposal directs the town’s Selectboard to craft and approve an ordinance. What is to be included is a ban on smoking in parks, beaches, athletic fields and playgrounds, with fines reaching upwards of $200 for violators.
The ballot measure came after the Selectboard was unable to come to a consensus on the idea of such a ban last year and felt that the public should have a chance to weigh in via a ballot question.
St. Johnsbury is home to approximately 7,200 residents.