Boulder City Council approves Pearl Street smoking ban

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BOULDER, Colo. –The Boulder City Council approved a cigarette smoking ban Tuesday night for the Pearl Street Mall.

The new outdoor smoking ban takes effect in 30 days. There will be a grace period where police will issue warnings to violators before they start writing tickets.

It’s a controversial decision that has led to a number of packed city council meetings leading up to Tuesday’s final vote. The smoking ban will have a dramatic impact on one of Colorado’s most famous streets.

That’s where you’ll find lot of diverse people. You’ll also find many of them have one thing in common, they smoke.

Those supporting the new ordinance say it falls in line with Boulder’s reputation for a healthy lifestyle, while others call the ban an over-reach.

A first or second offense within two years will result in a $500 fine. If someone is caught violating the van a third time, the fine goes to $1,000 and there could be a sentence of up to 90 days in jail.

City leaders expect police won’t start writing tickets to violators until sometime in March 2013.

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