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US mayor vetoes smoking ban

Sun 15th January, 2012

USA – The mayor of Vermont's largest city has vetoed an outdoor smoking ban in downtown Burlington.

Burlington City Council voted on Monday to ban outdoor smoking in most of the downtown between 9.00am and 9.00pm. The ban exempts outdoor cafes and private alleys.

Mayor Bob Kiss said, "The smoking ordinance opens the door to difficult, inconsistent and selective enforcement by law enforcement officers. This is a bad result for everyone," Kiss wrote to the city council. 

"The Ordinance Committee needs to stay at the drawing board and put something together that isn't hypocritical and works," he said.

Kiss said the ordinance encompasses too large an area for non-smoking, and is riddled with exceptions to allow smoking on private property - in the alleyways behind stores, bars and restaurants and where private property is available for use - or in outdoor cafes or from 9.00pm to 9.00am every night.

He also said it would be unfair to some employees who would have to walk a long way to find legal areas to smoke.

Source: Portland Press/Associated Press (14 January 2012)


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