- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ZACHARY, La. (AP) - All smoking and tobacco use soon could be banned on Zachary city property.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1fg7i7c ) the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce an ordinance that would prohibit the use of any kind of tobacco outside of buildings and at other property owned by the city, including at the Zachary Youth Park.

The proposal was made in response to problems at the Zachary Food Pantry and the park, Mayor David Amrhein said.

The law would not make tobacco use on city property a criminal offense, meaning that people could not be arrested for violations.

Police would simply ask people to leave, City Attorney John Hopewell said.

Smoking is already prohibited inside city buildings and vehicles, Amrhein said.

The ordinance does not address the electronic cigarettes often used by people trying to quit smoking. The ban also does not apply to city streets.

Any areas where smoking is banned must be marked, Hopewell said.

“When you have people going right outside the buildings to smoke and people have to walk through it, you might as well have smoking in the building,” Amrhein said.

A public hearing must be held on the issue before the law can be adopted.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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