Newton City Council adopts tobacco free ordinance

NEWTON, NC (Jan. 9, 2014) – The use of all tobacco products by the general public is now prohibited on all city property after the Newton City Council on Jan. 7, 2014 adopted a tobacco free ordinance. The ordinance aims to promote healthier lifestyles and improve the health of the community’s residents.

Mayor Anne P. Stedman stated, “It’s a good idea to be leaders in the community, and setting this policy is a step in the right direction.”

The ordinance adopted by the City Council amends Chapter 66, “Smoking in Municipal Buildings,” of the City Code of the City of Newton, which prohibited smoking in city owned buildings. Tobacco products include, among other products, cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. The use of tobacco products is not allowed on city property including parks and outdoor spaces, except under the direction of the Police Chief for the purpose of conducting criminal investigations. A violation of the ordinance would result in a penalty of $50.