The Arlington Board of Health will consider Wednesday, June 19, banning smoking in all workplaces and public spaces in town.
Last month, the board passed new tobacco regulations that, among other steps, will raise the minimum age to buy cigarettes in town from 18 to 21 over the next two years.
On June 19, the board will discuss adopting “Regulations Prohibiting Smoking in Workplaces and Public Places” (attached). Public places include town-owned parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, beaches and swimming areas.
If the board passes the proposed regulations, anyone found in violation would receive a $100 fine for the first offense, a $200 fine for the second offense (within two years), and a $300 fine for every subsequent offense (within two years of the second offense).
The board’s meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the Senior Center. The public is invited to attend the meeting and provide comments.
The three-member board consists of Michael Fitzpatrick, Dr. Marie Walsh Condon and Kenneth Kohlberg. The regulations do not need Town Meeting’s approval, as the town’s health regulations are separate from the town bylaws.
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