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If approved, it will be one of the most draconian anti-smoking bans in the nation. The Boulder City Council is considering a ban on smoking at its Pearl Street Mall, with some very severe penalties.
DENVER, CO (Catholic Online) - The proposed ordinance would punish first-time offenders with a fine of $1,000 or 90 days in jail.
Although the council supports the smoking ban, which would extend to the nearby courthouse lawn, several members think the proposed punishment is too much.
It is likely that jail will only be reserved for repeat offenders. Fines will initially be reduced to $500 per incident, then rising to $1,000 with jail time following a third violation.
The reason or the harsh penalty is the police department wanted to classify the offense the same as other mall offenses in the city's criminal code, which typically carry the $1,000 or 90 days in jail penalty.
While the law is likely to change, smoking will still be punished.
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