Tobacco use is banned now in the indoor and outdoor parks and recreational facilities of Powder Springs.
This decision was made by a 5-0 vote on March 16 by the Powder Springs City Council.
That tobacco use includes e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco “at or on any city-owned or operated indoor and/or outdoor recreational facilities, including but not limited to the restrooms, athletic fields, aquatic areas, parks, walking/hiking trails, agency-owned vehicles and spectator and concession areas 24 hours per day, seven days per week.”
For violations, city employees may receive a verbal warning, a written reprimand or termination.
Also, city employees, who use tobacco products, will be offered cessation programs and services.
Visitors will be asked to refrain from using tobacco products while on parks/recreation property or leave the premises.
If they refuse, law enforcement officers will be contacted to escort the person off the premises or to cite the person for trespassing or violating city code.
Further, beginning March 21 in Powder Springs, the public will not be allowed to use tobacco products in the following areas which are clearly designated by a no-smoking sign:
- an enclosed elevator which is used by or open to the public.
- any place on a public transportation vehicle.
- any area which is used by or open to the public.
- any city-owned or operated facilities and any building or facility which may in the future be owned by the city.
- any city-sponsored outdoor events and on the City Square.
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