by William E. Cleary Sr.
BIG BROTHER at Work in GCity--Gloucester City Council recently approved an ordinance that will ban smoking on the outside property of the Monmouth Street Business District from Atlantic st. to Railroad ave. Under the new law it will be illegal for any person to use tobacco products by smoking on streets, sidewalks, stoops, curbs and steps in that area, including roadway to Atlantic Street and Railroad Avenue. Tobacco products shall mean any substance containing tobacco leaf, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, bidis or another preparation of tobacco. Fines range from $100 up to $1,000. The ordinance becomes law on Sept. 18, 20 days after the final reading, and will be enforced by the police department.
We asked City Solicitor John Kearney why such a law was needed? “Based upon what was said at the public meeting Council's concerns were the litter produced by smokers, the general ill health impacts of second hand smoke and an effort to spruce up the Monmouth Street business corridor to make it more attractive to shoppers and visitors,” Kearney said.