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Metropolis officers together with Council member Jim Dodson, Matt Reedy, former metropolis of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Division supervisor, Oak Ridge Youth Advisory Board members, ASAP of Anderson County officers and Oak Ridge Faculties Well being Coordinator Marcia Wade visited Melton Lake Park and Glenwood Elementary College showcasing the brand new indicators and choosing up the realm across the parks after the sooner ban on smoking in public parks.

Vaping will not be allowed in Oak Ridge public parks and different metropolis properties.

In 2020, Oak Ridge Metropolis Council handed an ordinance prohibiting smoking on the grounds of any city-owned playground, in response to a information launch. And on the December Metropolis Council assembly, Council expanded the prohibition in opposition to smoking on playgrounds to incorporate using vaping merchandise.

Moreover, the change expanded the prohibition to using tobacco merchandise and vapor merchandise at parks, playgrounds, greenways, greenbelts and different city-owned property, which incorporates ballfields, which can be accessible by youth such because the Oak Ridge Civic Heart Recreation Constructing and customary areas exterior of the Oak Ridge Public Library. The prohibition doesn’t apply to parking tons.

Smoking and vaping is already prohibited inside city-owned buildings. This ordinance doesn’t change any guidelines already in place in respect to inside buildings, the discharge acknowledged.

There are exceptions that the town supervisor is permitted, however not required, to make. Town supervisor can set up designated areas inside these properties the place smoking or using tobacco merchandise or vapor merchandise are allowed. These areas can be designated with applicable signage. Right now, none have been designated, the discharge acknowledged.

Whereas warnings could also be issued by regulation enforcement as a part of the training effort, enforcement by means of using citations will not occur previous to Feb. 1. After this date, violations will be reported by calling the Oak Ridge Police Division non-emergency line at (865) 425-4399. To view the total ordinance, go to oakridgetn.gov/division/CityClerk/Authorities/2021-Adopted-Ordinances.

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