Summerville smoking ban fails to pass

Dorchester County News

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCBD) – A proposed smoking ban in the town of Summerville failed to pass during the final reading at Thursday night’s town council meeting.

The vote was 3-4.

If the ordinance was passed, it would have prohibited smoking in public parks and at events. Smoking is already banned in the town in indoor workspaces and indoor public places.

The goal of the smoking ban was to protect nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke in Flowertown.

“At different events right now, smoking is there and when a group, a family, or yourself just walks past a group that’s smoking you’re getting that secondhand smoke and it is damaging your lounges,” said Councilwoman Kima Garten-Schmidt.

Another goal of the ordinance is to cut down on litter caused by smoking.

“We have a lot of litter in different areas but the number one problem is the cigarette butts,” said Councilwoman Garten-Schmidt.

Mayor Wiley Johnson voted against the ban and before the meeting told News 2 that the town should not need to pass such an ordinance.

It’s common courtesy. We shouldn’t have to legislate it,” said Mayor Johnson.

The ordinance would have permitted smoking in parking areas at all town parks and at designated smoking areas at special events.

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