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Jan. 7, 2014 - City Manager Seeks to Prohibit Smoking on Municipal Campus to Address Health and Quality of Life Concerns

Media Contacts:
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

City manager seeks to prohibit smoking on municipal campus to address health and quality of life concerns
Public comment on possible permanent ban welcomed by 5 pm. on Friday, Jan. 24

City Manager Jane Brautigam today announced that she has signed a non-emergency rule that would ban smoking on the municipal campus. The rule is intended to address growing scientific and community concerns about the health impacts of secondhand smoke, as well as increasing dangers to welfare and quality of life in this highly valued and shared public space.

The rule would prohibit smoking in all outside public space between the east curb line of 13th Street to the east curb line of 9th Street and between the north curb line of Arapahoe Avenue and the south curb line of Canyon Boulevard. This rule would not apply to moving vehicles on Broadway or 13th Street but will apply to parked cars within these boundaries. The rule would also apply to the Farmer’s Market area.

It is similar in nature and intent to the city’s previous ban on smoking on a significant portion of the Pearl Street Mall. The ban applies to smoking of any kind, although public smoking of marijuana is already illegal.

“The Boulder community has shown repeatedly that it supports public health and well-being. Uncontroverted scientific evidence tells us that secondhand smoke is a significant health risk, especially to children,” Brautigam said. “In addition, this community has made significant investments related to creating enjoyable open space areas and supporting their use by as broad a segment of the public as possible. This rule would address both of these core values in a way that still leaves options available to smokers in our community.”

According to the City Charter, the city manager has the authority to issue rules under a variety of specific circumstances include “for the preservation of public safety, public health, property … (and to prohibit) conduct that may reasonably be expected to interfere substantially with the use and enjoyment of parks, parkways, recreation areas, and open space by the general public …”

Because this is a non-emergency rule, it will not take effect unless and until further action is taken by the city manager. She will not make a determination about its adoption until members of the public are given an opportunity to comment. After considering these public comments, Brautigam could implement the rule as currently written, revise it or choose not to implement it at all.

Written comment should be emailed to Ann Large in the City Manager’s Office at largea@bouldercolorado.gov or mailed to her attention at City of Boulder, P.O. Box 791, Boulder, CO, 80306. She may also be contacted by phone at 303-441-3090. In order to ensure that these comments are considered by the city manager, they must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. All input provided to the city is a matter of public record.

In addition, members of the community with feedback are also welcome, as always, to contact individual City Council members or address the larger group at any of the upcoming City Council meetings that include open comment. Two upcoming meetings that include time for this purpose are tonight, Jan. 7, and Jan. 21. Both will start at 6 p.m. Because of construction in Council Chambers, these will both be held in the Library Auditorium, 1001 Arapahoe Ave.

A full copy of the rule is available as a link on this webpage.

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