Tobacco ban at Hilliard parks and facilities starts next week

Posted December 8, 2017 in Recreation & Parks by Anna Subler

Tobacco products will no longer be welcome at any city-owned parks or buildings as of Wednesday, Dec. 13th.

City Council voted unanimously to ban smoking and the use of tobacco products on the premises of city buildings, facilities, bike paths and parks. This new law includes all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco. However, the law does not prohibit anyone from smoking or using tobacco products inside a motor vehicle with the doors closed and windows rolled up.

The city will post signs in common places in the parks notifying the public that the use of such products is prohibited. All smoking receptacles located on the premises of city-owned parks and buildings will be removed on Wednesday.

“The health and wellbeing of Hilliard residents is a top priority,” said Mayor Don Schonhardt. “Smoking infringes on other people’s health and right to enjoy shared spaces in a comfortable, safe way.”
Those who violate the new law could be guilty of a minor misdemeanor and fined up to $150. A subsequent offender may be fined up to $250.