Snowmass snuffs out smoking |

Snowmass snuffs out smoking

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Smokers are running out of habitat in Snowmass Village.

By a 4-1 vote Monday, the Snowmass Village Town Council approved an ordinance banning smoking on outdoor public land.

The ordinance, which took effect immediately, forbids smoking anywhere from the downtown mall area to lift lines, the rodeo grounds, the Fanny Hill concert venue and Jazz Aspen Snowmass concert grounds.

“Some 3,800 people will die next year due to secondhand smoke,” said Councilman John Wilkinson, adding that his family has been affected by cancer and asthma.

Wilkinson proposed the ban and said, if the new ordinance helps just one person, it’s worth it.

“Smoking is not a protected freedom,” he said.

Smokers on public land can now be charged with a municipal code violation, and a municipal judge would determine fines in a range from $1 to $1,000.

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” Councilwoman Sally Sparhawk said.

“Does anyone else see the futility in this whole exercise?” asked Councilman Reed Lewis, who added that the ordinance would limit people’s rights.

Lewis was the lone dissenting vote in the final approval.

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