KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Kingsport city leaders voted Tuesday evening to ban smoking on city playgrounds.
Violating the new ordinance could result in a $50 fine.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed the measure in a 7–0 vote.
“Playground” includes indoor and outdoor facilities owned by the city that are intended for the recreation of children. “Smoking” includes the burning of a tobacco or hemp product or any other drug or substance. It does not include the use of a vapor product.
Recent legislation passed by state lawmakers allows local governments to prohibit smoking on the grounds of city-owned playgrounds.
The Bristol, Tennessee City Council approved a similar measure on first reading. Councilmembers will consider it on second reading on May 5.