North Myrtle Beach becomes another city across the country converting to no-smoking bans. The city of North Myrtle Beach passed the new no-smoking ordinance which went into effect on March 7th, 2011. Below you will find what smokers and business owners need to know to about the newly instated “Smoking in Public Places” rule.

It bans:

  • Smoking in restaurants, bars, public places, work places and some outdoor facilities.
  • Smoking in public transportation vehicles, such as taxicabs and buses
  • Smoking in hotel and motel common areas, enclosed hallways, enclosed construction sites
  • Smoking at ballparks, athletic fields and other sporting/athletic venues when in use for athletic competitions or public performances. Smoking will be allowed in parks only in designated areas.

It allows:

  • Smoking outdoors if conducted at a distance from any door, window or ventilation system to prevent smoke from entering a building.
  • Smoking in campground spaces, hotel and motel rooms, or structures owned or rented as time shares.

It does not apply to retail tobacco stores, which includes existing cigar bars.

Fines:

  • Anyone who violates the ordinance can be fined $100. Business owners or employers of public places who fail to comply can be fined no more than $100 for the first violation, no more than $200 for a second violation, and no more than $500 for each additional violation within one year.

Source: www.nmb.us

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