No smoking on city golf courses, in parks and at major venues in Sioux Falls. That could become reality if a proposed ordinance is approved.
City administrators are gave a presentation Tuesday on the measure which is designed to ban all tobacco use on city property. That means places like parks, parking lots, sidewalks, golf courses and the Premier Center. This ban includes all tobacco products, like cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, even electronic cigarettes. Police could issue citations for those in violation. The fine for that citation would be up to a judge.
But, first, City Council will have to vote. That could happen as early as December.
The city’s Health Department says there are a couple of reasons behind this proposed ordinance. It would create a healthy environment, protect parks and natural areas and to reduce youth exposure.
The city's current policy only bans tobacco use on playgrounds that are in city parks and during youth activities.
This would be the second tobacco-free policy for all city property currently in South Dakota. Milbank is the only other city with a similar ordinance.
If this were to pass, law enforcement could issue citations to those who violate the ban.