Rowlett’s smoking ban ordinance was approved by the citizens of Rowlett in the civic elections May 9.

This ordinance prohibits smoking in restaurants, businesses and within 15 feet of commercial establishments.

The ordinance becomes effective on May 19, following the canvassing of the election, but enforcement will not begin until June 20. This grace period will provide business owners time to transition to a non-smoking establishment and educate their employees, patrons and visitors about the smoking ban.

The Rowlett Code Enforcement Division and the Rowlett Police Department will enforce this new law. Business owners and smokers are subject to a citation and fine of $200 for non-compliance of this ordinance.

Under the provisions of the ordinance, business owners are required to post proper signage about the ordinance. To help expedite that process, the City of Rowlett will be mailing businesses most affected by the ban a “no smoking” window sticker for posting in entrance areas.

The City Council originally approved the ordinance in February 2009, but postponed its implementation after 521 citizens filed a petition to repeal the ordinance. The City Council decided instead to hold a special election to allow voters to determine the fate of the ordinance.

The new ordinance is being publicized through direct mail to local businesses, the media, RTN16, the City’s cable access channel, city newsletters and the city web site.

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