Smokers could soon be restricted from lighting up in certain parts of Myrtle Beach. Councilwoman Jackie Hatley said the proposed ban would not include vaping.
Hatley proposed a measure that would prohibit only smoking combustible tobacco products on city-owned facilities, public spaces and the beach. She said it’s time the city transition into the 21st Century by considering the risk secondhand smoke places on residents and tourists, according to a story posted on myrtlebeachonline.com.
“Everybody knows that smoking is bad for you, and inhaling secondhand smoke is bad for you,” Hatley said during City Council’s monthly workshop meeting Thursday afternoon. “This is just a proactive way to protect our adults, children, pets, our citizens and our visitors.”
While there’s currently no ordinance drafted, Myrtle Beach police would be responsible for enforcing the ban, Hatley said, adding those who violate the law would face a fine of up to $100, the story states.