Published: Nov 17, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Nov 16, 2012 08:57 PM
CHAPEL HILL - The Orange County Commissioners will hear from the public Tuesday before considering a ban on smoking in public places.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Road.
If approved, the ban will prohibit smokers from lighting up in parks and on sidewalks or city- and county-owned property after Jan. 1. Violators will receive warnings for the first six months, during a public education campaign.
After July 1, violators could face a $25 fine.
Those who operate public places also could be charged for failing to enforce the rule. The first two violations could result in a warning, and the health director could levy a fine of up to $200 for any additional violations.
The Orange County Board of Health voted Oct. 24 in favor of the ban after hearing from more than 800 people. Most of them favored the ban, officials said.
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