Summerville mayor doesn't think fines will be involved in smoking ban

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The Summerville mayor says he doesn't think fines will be involved in the newly enacted smoking ban.

Mayor Bill Collins said the smoking ban that took effect Tuesday will mostly likely be enforced by restaurants and merchants in the city.

"What you'll see happen most of the time is that somebody lights up in a restaurant and they're not supposed to. Somebody will complain and the manager will go to them and say this is a smoke free place," Collins said. "And hopefully they'll comply and get up and leave. I don't see there being any fines. I think this will be self-policing."

The ban affects all indoor places of employment. Smoking in bars and restaurants will also no longer be allowed. Collins says he's heard nothing but good results so far, but acknowledges that some people are frustrated by the ban.

"Some people fear that maybe folks will leave their establishments and go out in the county if they want to smoke. I don't know that's going to happen," Collins said.

There are some exceptions to the rule. Hotel rooms for smokers, tobacco stores and cigar bars will still be allowed to accommodate smokers.

"I think it's a done deal END WNStoryBodyand I think our restaurants and merchants are accepting that. It's going to be good for people's health," Collins said.

The mayor went onto say that he is concerned with telling what businesses can and cannot do.

"In New York City, I think there are some places that can't serve food that contains transfats. I don't know whether we're going to get into that sort of stuff," Collins. "I think you've got be cautious with that. But the smoking ban is a different issue. And it's a done deal and we're going to live with it."

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