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New Smoking Ordinance

Post Date:05/02/2018 12:25 PM

New Smoking Ordinance for Town Playgrounds, Pavilions, Sports Fields and Sports Courts

Smokers are no longer permitted to light-up at playgrounds, pavilions, sports fields and sports courts in the Town of Superior. Trustees recently voted to adopt this addition to our community’s current ordinance that prohibits smoking in public buildings, consumer stores, and restaurants. Across Colorado, 20 municipalities have a similar ban on outdoor smoking, including neighboring Arvada and Boulder. Nationwide more than 1500 communities don’t allow smoking outdoors in public spaces.

A team from Stanford has cleared up the popular misconception that fumes from a cigarette smoldering outside dissipate before causing harm. University researchers conducted the first-of-its-kind look at the effects of second-hand smoke outdoors and discovered a non-smoker sitting a few feet downwind from a burning cigarette is likely to be exposed to substantial levels of contaminated air, many times more concentrated than typical background air pollution levels. Superior Mayor Clint Folsom says, “We’ve been receiving complaints in increasing numbers - this addition to our ordinance will ensure a cleaner, healthier environment for all of our residents.”

The addition to the Town's already adopted no-smoking ordinance went into effect this month. The Sheriff’s Office will enforce the new regulations through routine patrols and responses to complaints.

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