Lowell City Council Considering Fines For Smoking On Playgrounds


Lowell Playground

(James Rojas/Twitter)

LOWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Lowell City Council is considering an ordinance that would prohibit the smoking of tobacco products within 50 feet of a playground.

Under the current proposal, a first offense would be a $200 fine, while a second offense would be $300.

There will be a city council meeting Tuesday night about the ordinance. Among the things being discussed is an amendment that would reduce the harshness of the penalties. First offenders would receive a warning, while second offenders would possibly be fined $50 (or a similarly lower amount than the current proposal suggests).

Should the ordinance be passed, Lowell would join other Massachusetts cities such as Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville that have kept their playgrounds tobacco-free.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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