No smoking signs installed in Camden
Tuesday, Aug. 27, work crews installed signs in public areas of Camden banning smoking. The town select board approved the smoking ban in July.
The policy is posted on the town website and states, in part,: "No person may smoke tobacco or any other substance in, on, or within 20 feet of a Town building, park, beach, playground, picnic area, trail, or athletic facility. This prohibition includes the Camden Public Library, Amphitheatre, Harbor Park and adjacent municipal parking lots."
"...Discarding any tobacco product on any public street, sidewalk, park, parking lot or other public area is considered littering and is subject to the penalties contained in state law Title 17 M.R.S.A. §2264."
Those in violation of the town policy are subject to removal by law enforcement, the policy states.
The state already prohibits smoking at outdoor restaurants, state parks and picnic areas. According to Healthy Maine Partnerships, air without secondhand tobacco smoke is safer to breathe. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals and more than 40 of them are known to cause cancer, according to Healthy Maine Partnerships.
To read the full version of the adopted policy, visit camdenmaine.gov.