Hilliard passes ordinance to ban smoking and use of tobacco products in public parks
Hilliard City Council voted to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco products in public parks and on premises of city-owned buildings Monday night.
City leaders said the decision was made to promote and support the health and wellbeing of Hilliard residents, especially children. The newly-passed ordinance said parks should be able to be enjoyed by residents of all ages, in a safe environment.
The ordinance cited efforts by the United State Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as reasoning for enacting the ban.
According to the ordinance, the surgeon general said that cigarette smoking “has been causally linked to diseases of nearly all organs of the body” and “exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke has been causally linked to cancer, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases and to adverse effects on the health of infants and children.”
According to the city chapter, the ban applies to all tobacco and alternative nicotine products including electronic cigarettes.
The city said violators could be found guilty of a minor misdemeanor and subject to fine to not exceed $150. Subsequent offenders could be fined up to $250.
No word as to when the ban will take effect.