Hilliard bans smoking in parks, and city-owned properties

HILLIARD, OH (WCMH) — A local business is speaking out following a city’s new smoking ban.

Hilliard City Council says it’s now illegal to smoke at city-owned buildings and parks. The decision came down just this week, but some aren’t happy with the new change.

Veronica Ridenour manages Bucks Carryout and Smoke Shop.

“Infringing on my rights. I am a non-smoker,” said Ridennour.

Monday, city council voted on this decision because they said they wanted to promote better general health for residents.

“If you want to smoke in a public park you should be able to smoke there and if you don’t want to be next to someone smoking you have the right to walk to a different part of the park,” said Ridenour.

The council cited multiple studies including the 2014 statement by the United States Surgeon General that “cigarette smoking has been causally linked to disease of nearly all organs of the body, and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke has been causally linked to cancer, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases.”

E-cigarettes are also included in this ban.

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