Boise City Council passes smoking bans

Boise City Council passes smoking bans
BOISE, Idaho - City of Boise leaders voted to expand the current indoor smoking ban in the city Tuesday night.

The Boise City council passed two new ordinances that place additional restrictions on smoking in a variety of public places - including bars, other locations where people work and recreate, and all or part of public parks, which includes the Greenbelt.

The first ordinance, which passed with a 5-0 vote, bans smoking in bars and private clubs, near bus stops or other transit areas, on outdoor commercial patios accessible to children or on public property, at the Grove Plaza, on 8th Street from Bannock to Main streets, within 20 feet of a City of Boise-owned building, in outdoor ticket and service lines, and in other public locations.

The second ordinance bans smoking in all public parks – including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt – except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and the Warm Springs Golf Course. That ordinance passed with a 4-1 vote. Council member TJ Thompson voted against the ordinance.

The city states that according to a city-wide survey, approximately 70 percent of Boise residents agree that the city should ban smoking in all indoor public places, including bars.

In the same survey, the city says 53 percent of Boise residents want the city to prohibit smoking in all public parks. Citations would be $69.

E-cigarettes are not included in the ban.

The ban goes into effect Jan. 2