Smoking will be prohibited at certain outdoor public places in Covington and in city vehicles under an ordinance approved by the city council.
The ordinance, which was approved unanimously on Tuesday, bolsters existing municipal codes that regulate smoking in public buildings and facilities by allowing the city to erect no smoking signs at parks and other outdoor areas where large groups of people gather.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports it also prohibits smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco in city owned vehicles and disallows smokeless tobacco in city buildings. The ordinance does allow the city to establish outdoor smoking areas near office buildings and other facilities.
Councilman Lee Alexius said the new smoking regulations stem from complaints about smoking in the stands at the Covington recreation complex during youth sporting events.
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