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Harrisburg looks at smoking, tobacco ban in certain public areas

Harrisburg Mayor Randy Mills (Source: KAIT) Harrisburg Mayor Randy Mills (Source: KAIT)
HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) -

An ordinance to ban smoking and tobacco use in certain public areas in Harrisburg is being debated, with supporters saying it will help residents. 

The plan is part of an initiative with St. Bernards to raise awareness involving the health risks of smoking or secondhand smoke. 

The ordinance will regulate tobacco use in venues including ball fields, pool areas or any public place where people are in close proximity of each other. 

Mayor Randy Mills said the ordinance is about keeping their citizens healthy. 

"Just be more considerate of those around you. This is a greater big world but we are stuff in here together, let's live together. In harmony," Mills said.

Mills said he expects the ordinance to be passed on its third and final reading next month when he'll be able to sign the ordinance. 

If a person violates the ordinance, they could face up to $100 in fines and court costs.

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