[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Glens Falls as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Smoking is prohibited throughout the city facilities and in any offices visited by the public on a regular basis. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas identified by "smoking permitted" signs.
Smoking is prohibited in any indoor enclosed work area occupied by more than one person, unless all employees in such area agree to allow smoking. The rights of a nonsmoker to a smoke-free work area shall prevail.
Conflicts should be brought to the attention of the appropriate supervisory personnel. Employees may also file a formal complaint with the Warren County Health Service Department, which has the sole jurisdiction to enforce the new law on a countywide basis.
Copies of these rules will be posted and distributed to all departments, employees and to all prospective employees upon request.
This policy may be amended from time to time by resolution of the City of Glens Falls. All amendments shall be in conformance with New York State law, and employees will be notified accordingly.
[Adopted 8-9-2011 by L.L. No. 5-2011]
It is the intent of the City of Glens Falls, as an exercise of its police power, to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the residents of the city by enacting this chapter. The City of Glens Falls Common Council finds that scientific studies have proven that cigarette smoking, cigar smoking or the smoking of other tobacco products causes chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, bladder and contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas and kidneys. More than 440,000 people die in the United States from tobacco-related diseases every year, making it the nation’s leading cause of preventable illness. Furthermore, a number of studies have indicated that exposure to outdoor tobacco smoke is similar to the levels of exposure to indoor levels of secondhand smoke. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has found secondhand smoke to be a risk to public health and has classified secondhand smoke as a Group A carcinogen. Exposure to secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in this country. In addition to the health impact, outdoor smoking results in significant amount of litter from cigarettes, cigarette filters, tobacco packaging and wrappers, which can be costly to both the environment and municipalities.
The City of Glens Falls Common Council further finds that smoking in outdoor public areas makes it difficult to pass through because of individuals smoking and the clouds of smoke that fill the air. It has become unsightly as cigarette butts, filters, and tobacco packaging are thrown on the ground, causing a litter problem in public areas.
[Amended 11-10-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015]
No person shall smoke cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any form of tobacco products in or on any City-owned parks, beaches, pools, recreation centers, playgrounds, outdoor sporting arenas, outdoor stages, parking garages or the sidewalks immediately adjoining the parks, outdoor recreation areas, parking garages and public places.
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $250 or by imprisonment of not more than 15 days or both.