Where Should We Ban Smoking?

As city officials expand smoking laws to prohibit puffing in more outdoor public areas, they’re asking residents for feedback on how far the ban should reach. The following areas are being considered: beaches, parks, sports fields, Stearns Wharf, the harbor, outdoor restaurant and bar areas, commercial sidewalks, parking lots and structures, entryways to public buildings, community centers, libraries, rec facilities, public events, farmers’ markets, concerts, parades, and outdoor work sites. The new rules would apply to vaping devices, medical marijuana, and non-medical marijuana. Residents are invited to attend a public hearing and discussion on Tuesday, 11/22, noon-2 p.m., at City Hall. Comments can also be sent to

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