As of Jan. 1, smoking in and around most business and public parks in West Springfield, Mass. will be illegal.

The West Springfield Board of Health recently approved the “WEST SPRINGFIELD PROHIBITING SMOKING IN WORKPLACES AND PUBLIC PLACES” regulation, which as the name implies, bans smoking at most business and many public places.

Under the new law, smoking is prohibited in and within 20-feet of municipal buildings, parks, pools, playgrounds and athletic fields. In addition, smoking will be banned at business with the exception of retail tobacco stores, cigar bars and for some private or religious functions. E-cigarettes will be subjected to all of the new regulations.

Those business caught in violation of the law will be fined $100 for the first offense and $200 for a second offense within a two-year period. Subsequent offenses within two years of the second violation will be fined at $300 and could lead to a suspending of a license.

West Springfield is located in the southern part of the state in Hamden County, it has a population of around 30,000.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.