“I think it’s clear we’re going to look at providing designated smoking places, especially in places where there’s going to be high traffic — where we know there’s going to be people who want to smoke,” Holmes said.
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“You’re just trying to make it practical so you balance what the goal is, which is having public places where you have people feeling comfortable and healthy in, with good people who just want to smoke, and still and enjoy the concert,” Holmes said.
The city’s Ordinance Review Committee plans to discuss the proposed legislation during its 8 a.m. April 19 meeting before the matter goes to the Hamilton City Council for consideration.
The city has been working with county leaders on the proposed restrictions.
At this point, city officials are looking toward issuing warnings and providing smoking-cessation information to people found violating the new smoking boundaries, including during downtown festivals, before assessing later civil fines for repeat violators.
“We don’t want to be insensitive, but we’re taking this pretty seriously,” Fiehrer said.
She noted outside some building entrances, smokers “are just like birds on a perch,” with one “No Smoking” sign outside the government complex on High Street discolored from all the smoking that happens around it.