Fairfax weighs ban on smoking
Fairfax officials are considering a ban on smoking in county-owned bus shelters.
The board authorized a public hearing on the ban at its meeting Tuesday. The Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act requires state agencies and localities to consider reasonable no-smoking areas in any building they own or lease.
The county would post no-smoking signs in its 214 bus shelters. Each sign would cost $2, for a total cost of $482.
The proposal comes after the state's ban on smoking in restaurants. The proposed ordinance would repeal a section of the county code that requires restaurants to designate a percentage of their seating as no-smoking areas, since it is inconsistent with state law.
The proposal would also add Fairfax County law enforcement as the enforcement authority.
Violators of the smoking ban in bus shelters would be fined up to $25.
The public hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Oct. 19. To sign up to speak, call 703-324-3151 or click here.
Public hearings are held at the board auditorium at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.
-- Kafia A. Hosh
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