Posted on 22 October 2014.
|MECKLENBURG COUNTY TOBACCO LIMITS
The Mecklenburg County Commission on Oct. 21, 2014, approved two pieces of legislation that will limit tobacco use on government property:
- Smoke-Free Government Grounds – Commissioners approved a Board of Health rule requiring smoke-free government buildings, vehicles and grounds in Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, and the towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville. Smoking is defined as all lighted smoking products such as cigarettes, cigars, little cigars and pipes.
- Tobacco Free Parks – Commissioners adopted a Mecklenburg County Ordinance to make most Mecklenburg County parks tobacco free. Tobacco is defined as all smoking products, as well as smokeless products (chew, dip, snuff) and electronic cigarettes. The rule affects most parks, greenways, parklands and facilities owned and operated by Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, with the exception of regional parks and county golf courses. In north Mecklenburg, that includes Bradford Park, Waymer Field, and Jetton Park.
See more about the ordinance at the links below.
By DAVID BORAKS
Mecklenburg County Commissioners on Tuesday approved new rules to limit smoking and tobacco use on government property in the county, the City of Charlotte and the county’s six towns. The commission, in its role as the county Board of Health, also passed a separate ordinance that makes many county parks tobacco free.
The measures passed Tuesday night had been softened slightly amid opposition. Earlier this month, county officials revised the proposal to exempt 18 regional parks and county golf courses from the rules. In north Mecklenburg, that includes Bradford Park, Waymer Field, and Jetton Park.
The smoking ban also doesn’t apply to outdoor areas of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, public streets and sidewalks, and state buildings and properties. Continue Reading