The purpose of the "Smoking in Public Areas" ordinance is to:
- protect the health and environment of the city’s residents, employees and visitors,
- advance the right of all persons to breathe smoke-free air, and
- recognize that the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority in public places and work places over the desire to smoke.
Studies have found tobacco smoke as a major contributor to indoor air pollution and breathing secondhand smoke is a cause for disease in nonsmokers. Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke decreases the risk of deadly diseases.
- The Environmental Protection Agency designated secondhand smoke as a cancer-causing agent (carcinogen) along with other known hazards, like asbestos.
- Secondhand smoke contains nearly 5,000 chemicals, 60 of which are known toxins and carcinogens, including arsenic, formaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide, and radioactive elements.
- Illnesses induced by breathing secondhand smoke include lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory infections and more.
The local ordinance prohibits retaliation against any employee, applicant for employment or customer due to the exercise of rights under the ordinance. Read the entire "Smoking in Public Areas" municipal code.
If you see smoking where it is not permitted, please report violations by calling 970-416-2200 or online using Access Fort Collins, under Nuisance Reporting.