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Wayne Post
  • No smoking law snuffed out

  • A proposed law that would have banned smoking on county properties went up in smoke.

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  • A proposed law that would have banned smoking on county properties went up in smoke.
    The local law presented to the Wayne County Board of Supervisors would have prohibited the use of tobacco on any county-owned or leased property. Although the law received support from residents at the public hearing, the board failed to second the motion to even bring it to the floor for a full board vote at their last regular board meeting.
    The law, developed by the county’s government operations committee, sought to “protect the public health, safety and general welfare by eliminating exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and tobacco residue,” especially for children.
    Under the law, the “use of tobacco” or “tobacco use” included smoking cigars and cigarettes, but also use of chewing tobacco. The county ultimately hopes to encourage the cessation of smoking by local residents. Breaking of the law would result in a $200 fine for the first offense and a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
    A sticking point in the law for many supervisors was the prohibited use even in vehicles parked on county property. Arcadia Supervisor Dick Colacino said he felt it was too stringent.
    Although the law failed to each a vote, it will return to committee for further consideration and possible revision. If the law should come before the board again, a new public hearing must be held before the board can vote on the measure.
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