Boulder enforces smoking ban on Pearl St. Mall
BOULDER — Boulder police have issued 35 tickets for smoking on the Pearl Street Mall in the six weeks since the city began enforcing its ban on April 1.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the smoking ban took effect Jan. 18, but officers only gave warnings because “No Smoking” signs had not been installed.
The maximum penalty for a first or second offense within two years is a $500 fine, while a third conviction within two years carries up to a $1,000 fine and a 90-day jail sentence.
Proponents say the smoking ban will reduce litter and protect people from the health effects of secondhand smoke. Opponents worry it will discourage visitors.