Montgomery County Council Approves Smoking Ban For Common Areas, Playgrounds

3:48 PM, Jul 12, 2011   |    comments
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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Tuesday, The Montgomery County Council unanimously approved a smoking ban for some common areas and playgrounds of multiple-family homes.

The council approved the Board of Health regulation with an amendment that bans smoking within 25 feet of playground areas on privately owned property shared by residents of more than one dwelling, including townhouse and subdivision communities. This ban will not apply to homeowners with playground equipment in their private yard.

Smoking would be prohibited in indoor common areas such as hallways, lobbies and laundry rooms.

The ban will go into effect August 12.

Councilmember George Leventhal was the chief sponsor of ban. Council Vice President Roger Berliner co-sponsored the ban.

The ban was prompted by studies on the impact of secondhand smoke.

"This regulation will not deny anyone their rights, but it will protect the rights of people who do not want to be impacted by second-hand smoke-particularly children," said Councilmember Leventhal. "People who live in multi-family communities do not have the choice to easily avoid the second-hand smoke created by others. Now those who want to avoid smoke in the common areas of the place they live will be able to do so."

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