Berthoud Announces Town Smoking Ban for Public Places
BERTHOUD – Starting November 10, all public spaces will become smoke free thanks to an ordinance adopted by Berthoud’s Town Council on September 18. This ordinance applies to tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke and any smoke or aerosol generated from electronic smoke devices.
Studies have found that breathing secondhand smoke is a cause for disease in non-smokers and that reducing the exposure to secondhand smoke can decrease the risk of these deadly diseases. This ordinance intends to protect the health, safety and welfare of Berthoud’s residents and visitors.
“Because of the health concerns for the Town of Berthoud, this code was adopted for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens in Berthoud,” said James Anderson, Patrol Sergeant for the Berthoud Squad.
The ban follows the existing Colorado law and prohibits smoking within 15 feet of all building entrances. The smoking ban is in place for public areas including places of business, modes of transportation and shared areas.
Beginning November 10, 2018, anyone found in violation of this ordinance could possibly be charged which may result in a monetary fine and/or other consequence. If a minor under the age of 18 is found with possession of tobacco products, including any electronic smoking device or vape pen, they may also be charged under this code and/or school officials may pursue administrative discipline if caught on school grounds.
While smoking is banned in public places, it is still permitted within private residences, private automobiles, retail tobacco businesses and any private businesses not open to the public.
For more information about the smoking ban, to read the whole ordinance and to read FAQs visit Berthoud.org/SmokingOrdinance.