Boise could expand smoke-free zones to bars, parks

BOISE — Boise city officials are considering two ordinances to expand smoke-free zones to bars and public parks, including the Greenbelt.

A 2010 Citizen Survey found that approximately 70% of Boise residents want the city to ban smoking in all indoor public places, including bars. And 53% of Boise residents agree that the city should prohibit smoking in all public parks.

Idaho state law already restricts smoking in many public areas, including publicly owned buildings, restaurants, elevators and most places of employment.

Tobacco free zone

Tobacco free zone

Under the first of two ordinances, restrictions on smoking would be extended to bars, sidewalk cafes on public property, private clubs, retail tobacco businesses, employee break rooms, within 10 feet of bus stops, on outdoor service lines and within 20 feet of entrances or exits to buildings owned by the City of Boise, among others locations.

The second ordinance will respond to a July recommendation by the Boise Parks Commission to prohibit smoking in all or part of Boise Parks, including the Greenbelt.  The Council is expected to provide direction on the scope of the parks prohibition at its Tuesday meeting.

  • COUNCIL WORK SESSION, Noon, September 27, Bonneville Room – The City Council will conduct a public work session with legal counsel to review the proposed ordinances and the corresponding public process. No public comment will accepted at this time.
  • PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING, 6 p.m., October 5, Council Chambers – City staff will conduct a presentation on the proposed ordinances and receive comments from residents, bar owners and other stakeholders regarding the proposed Smoke-Free ordinances.
  • COUNCIL WORK SESSION, 4 p.m. October 11, Bonneville Room – The Mayor and Council will review comments from the stakeholders meeting and provide direction on any suggested changes to the proposed ordinances.
  • PUBLIC HEARING, 6 p.m. October 18, Council Chambers – Mayor and Council will conduct a public hearing on the ordinances.

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