[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Norristown 4-4-1989 as Ord. No. 89-9. Section 266-5A amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the legislative purpose of this chapter to enact rules and regulations to protect the public health and to provide for the comfort of all parties by controlling smoking in certain public places at public meetings and in certain workplaces on borough-owned or -controlled property.
As used in this, chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC PLACE
- An enclosed indoor area owned or operated by the Borough of Norristown and used by the general public, including any office, auditorium, entry and exit areas and/or meeting room.
- Being in possession of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other lighted smoking equipment.
- An enclosed office, space and/or area used by public employees for work, lunchroom facilities, meeting rooms or other areas used by public employees and not open to the public.
Smoking is prohibited in a public place or at a place of meeting. Signs shall be posted to inform the public where smoking is prohibited.
The Borough Administrator shall develop, post and implement a policy to regulate smoking in the workplace, lunchroom area or other areas of the borough buildings where borough employees work or perform their duties.
Any person found to be in violation of this chapter shall be ordered to pay a fine not to exceed six hundred dollars ($600.), plus costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of said fine and costs, may be sentenced to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed thirty (30) days.
In addition, when a member of the public is violating this chapter by smoking at a public meeting, the official in charge of conducting the meeting may order the person violating this chapter to immediately stop smoking. If the person smoking ignores the request to stop smoking, that person may be ordered to leave the building, and, if necessary, borough police personnel may be used to enforce the order to leave the building.