Highland Heights becomes third Campbell County city to go smoke free

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Highland Heights passed a smoke-free ordinance at Tuesday night’s city council meeting, joining other Campbell County cities Bellevue and Dayton.

“Community health is a true priority for our city’s leadership,” said Highland Heights Mayor Greg Meyers. “Passing this ordinance is another way the city council demonstrates its commitment to advancing that priority every day. We encourage other cities to do the same.”

The ban, which had a mixed 3-2 vote among the council, does not allow smoking in any indoor locations and some city-owned outdoor locations. Ashtrays in places affected by the ban will be removed, and new no-smoking signage will be put up.

According to City Administrator Michael Giffen, infractions of the law could lead to a warning for the first offense, a $100 fine for the second offense and a $250 fine for the third offense if each infraction is committed in one year.

The new ban will be enforced by the Campbell County Health Department, and the ordinance will take effect in 90 days.

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