Amendments made to Ponca City smoking ordinance

Ponca City Now - March 12, 2014 1:12 pm

Ponca City has changed the laws on smoking and they’re effective immediately.

It outlines where smoking indoors and school spaces is prohibited.

Tana Mckinley, assistant city manger said the law includes tobacco, cloves, herbal alternate smoking products or vapor producing products.

" It’s unlawful within 25 feet of entrances to public facilities, and of course there is exceptions to that," Mckinley said. "The stand alone bars or taverns, as they are defined cigar bars or vape shops, as they call them."

Smoking laws are changing at parks, as well.

McKinley said the Parks and Recreation Department will be posting no smoking signs soon.

“What they are trying to do is keep smoking away from folks who are enjoying park areas, where there might be children gathered around; the spray parks or the beaches, different places like that where people would gather," McKinley said. "It kind of protects the playground equipment, the things that may be there, people aren’t stepping on cigarettes.”

Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of public outdoor venues owned by the city.

If you are found smoking in a prohibited place you could receive a fine of no less than $10 and no more than $100.

State law influenced the admendments.

For details on all the amendments view the city commission meeting mintues here .


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