Ann Arbor moves forward with plans to curb smoking

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Ann Arbor is moving forward with plans to curb smoking in the city.

The Michigan Daily reports (http://bit.ly/1po0HSP ) City Council passed an anti-smoking ordinance 9-2 Monday night to make smoking near bus stops and within 20 feet of city buildings a civil infraction. The ordinance also will prohibit smoking in certain areas of parks.

Punishment could be a $25 fine or community service.

Councilmember Christopher Taylor was among those in favor of the ordinance, saying it's "not a tremendous burden on people." He says it's primarily intended to allow non-smokers to create social norms that educate smokers and could prevent others from taking up smoking.

Councilmember Jane Lumm voted against the ordinance, citing doubts about enforcement. She says any type of enforcement would be a waste of police officers' time.

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Information from: The Michigan Daily, http://www.michigandaily.com

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