12-01-11 Expanded Non-Smoking Boise City Ordinance: What
citizens should know
Boise, Dec. 1, 2011 - The Boise City
Council has approved two ordinances placing additional restrictions
on smoking in public places.
ORDINANCES: The first ordinance,
which passed with a 5-0 vote this week, bans smoking in bars and
private clubs, near bus stops or other transit areas, on outdoor
commercial patios accessible to children or on public property, at
the Grove Plaza, on 8th Street from Bannock to Main streets, within
20 feet of a City of Boise-owned building, in outdoor ticket and
service lines, and in other public locations.
The second ordinance bans smoking in all
public parks - including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt -
except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis
parks and the Warm Springs Golf Course. That ordinance passed with
a 4-1 vote.
Both ordinances will go into effect on
Jan. 2, 2012. See the news release issued by the Officer of Mayor
David Bieter yesterday. The release from the Mayor's office give
very detailed information on the new ordinance, including ordinance
details, enforcement, and business requirements. The release also
contains links to the compelling public health issues behind the
"Our community is friendly," said Adam
Park, spokesperson for Mayor David Bieter in an interview this week
on KBOI, Channel 2 TV. "If people light up, they'll be asked to put
out the cigarette, and they'll generally comply."
PD patrol supervisors are currently working on a training protocol
for officers who may get asked about the ordinance or called to
respond to a possible violation. City leaders do not expect any
enforcement problems. The mayor's office says when restrictions on
smoking in Boise restaurants went into effect several years ago,
few, if any, citations were issued. Police supervisors do not
expect the new smoking ordinances to have any noticeable impact on
police resources or calls for service. Anyone who wishes to report
a violation of the ordinance should call non-emergency dispatch at
According to the ordinances, enforcement will
be done with an emphasis on compliance. If a violator
complies with a request to extinguish his/her cigarette, then a
citation will not be issued. However, if the violator refuses to
extinguish his/her cigarette - or if a violator is found to
repeatedly flout the ordinance - police will be notified and a
citation will be issued.
Members of the Boise Bike Unit, as well
as patrol officers will be responsible for education and
enforcement on the ordinances in Boise Parks and along the Boise
Greenbelt. The Bike Patrol Unit is very active and effective in
educating citizens about a variety of city and parks
Click here for more on penalties for
intentionally violating the ordinances.
EDUCATION: The new non-smoking
ordinances do not go into effect until January 2, 2012, allowing
time to educate citizens about how to comply. Any business where
smoking is prohibited is obligated to conspicuously place "No
Smoking" signs or symbols at every entrance. Those signs are being
offered to businesses FREE by the Central District Health
Department in Boise and Project Filter.