Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Miami Beach: Beach smoking ban goes into effect

miami.- From next Sunday, January 1, a municipal ordinance that prohibits the smoking of cigarettes with filters and other tobacco products on beaches and public parks Miami Beach,

The measure, approved by the city commission at a public hearing on September 14, establishes a $100 fine for the first violation.

According to the ordinance, “smoking” is the inhalation, exhalation, burning, transportation, or possession of any light tobacco product, including cigarettes, pipe tobacco, or any other tobacco product, with the exception of unfiltered cigars and tobacco. vapers or electronic vapor cigarette”.

It will be the responsibility of the local police to enforce the rules. According to the ordinance, those who violate it a second time will receive a fine of $200 and if they repeat the fine will reach $500, as well as a possible jail sentence of up to 60 days.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law Bill 105, adopted by the state Congress, which amended Florida’s Clean Indoor Air Act, allowing cities and counties to ban smoking on beaches and public parks that allow unfiltered cigarettes. subject to certain exceptions including For this reason, cities such as Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach and Delray Beach have enacted similar regulations.

“Glad we can finally adopt this ban,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

“I’m tired of the plague of cigarette butts and secondhand smoke that so often assaults our public spaces,” he said.

environmental organizations such as ocean conservationThey also support the measure. They suggest that cigarette filters are made of plastic fibers that are ingested by fish and other organisms. A reality that negatively affects birds, turtles and marine mammals.

In 2019, in another similar ordinance, Miami Beach banned smoking marijuana and cannabis in public.

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