CS to Enforce Smoking Ban Starting Sunday

Smoking in public places in College Station will officially cost you starting Sunday.

As of March 1, violators of the city's new smoking ordinance will pay $140 to the city, according to officials.

Earlier this year, the city council approved the changes to their laws. Now, smoking is banned in bars, restaurants and workplaces.

Smokers must be more than 20 feet from a business's front door and 10 feet from back or side doors.

Code enforcers for the city have spent the last month making sure businesses and customers are clear on the new rules.

According to the College Station Municipal Court, $71 from each fine will go to the city, with the other $69 going towards state fees.

Authorities ask that if you see a violator of the new ordinance, do not call 9-1-1 to inform police. Instead, call College Station Police at their main line, 764-3600. City officials stress that smoking violations will not be treated as a high priority call.

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