Northampton extends anti-smoking rules to outdoors

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Northampton health officials have tightened restrictions on smoking, barring tobacco and e-cigarettes from many outdoor areas.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that the city’s Board of Health banned smoking in public and private clubs, city parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, swimming areas, nursing homes and within 25 feet of city buildings, outdoor areas of restaurants and bus stops and taxi cab waiting areas.

The regulations take effect June 1.

Violators will be subject to a civil penalty. Building owners and managers who violate the regulations will be fined $100 for the first offense, with the penalty increasing by $100 each time.

William Mazuch, representing members of the American Legion Post, the only private club to be affected by the regulations, says smoking in the Legion building is a matter of freedom of choice.

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