[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Sharon as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted as Art. 10, § 34, of the Town Bylaws]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that secondhand tobacco smoke is a Class A carcinogen, and more than two dozen international studies have determined that secondhand smoke is a health hazard to nonsmokers. Respiratory illnesses, most notably asthma, have risen dramatically among the general population, and most sharply among small children. The Town of Sharon has existing ordinances to protect public health and safety in outdoor public areas, i.e., prohibitions on alcoholic beverages and glass containers on the beaches at Lake Massapoag. The Town of Sharon has recognized its role in protecting the health of the general public from the hazards of secondhand smoke by passage of 1994 Board of Health regulations restricting tobacco use in indoor areas.
The smoking of tobacco products at public playgrounds and the public beaches at Lake Massapoag is banned.
This article shall be enforced by the Board of Health and shall become effective 15 days after adoption hereof by Town Meeting.
[Adopted as Art. 16B of the Town Bylaws]
No person or persons on any vessel, personal watercraft, raft, tube or other means of transportation upon Lake Massapoag shall be in possession of, consume or transport any alcoholic beverage.
Whoever violates any of the provisions of this bylaw shall be punished by a fine of $50 for the first violation; $100 for the second violation; and $300 for any violation thereafter.