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Smoking ban -- complete with fines -- goes into effect Thursday

600px-No_smoking_symbol.svgThe city-wide smoking ban for public places in Paris — adopted a month ago by the Paris City Council — goes fully into effect Thursday.

It actually went into effect the moment it passed the council on March 24, but the council also ordained a 30-day grace period from imposition of fines — a minimum of $50 plus court costs.

Police Chief Bob Hundley said there were few problems during that 30-day grace period.

“To date, we have received very few complaints, but responded to these complaints and issued warnings,” Hundley said.

The Paris Police Department is asking for the public’s voluntary compliance with the amended ordinance, as they do with all statutes.  The statute in its entirety is listed on the city of Paris website, www.paristexas.gov.

The ban covers all restaurants, plus any bars contained within restaurants, or bars that open into restaurants, motels, or any other public place where smoking is banned. The ban extends to within 30 feet of entrances to any public place where smoking is prohibited.

Electronic cigarettes (vapor cigarettes) are not included in the ban.

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