Newest smoking ban in effect today – no smoking anywhere unless you’re in motion

A bevy of butts on Tavern Row. The previous smoking ordinance was haphazardly enforced, and prospects for enforcement of the new, city-wide version are as yet unknown. KLH | Union

A bevy of butts on Tavern Row. The previous smoking ordinance was haphazardly enforced, and prospects for enforcement of the new, city-wide version are as yet unknown. KLH | Union


City of Arcata Press Release

REVISED ARCATA CITYWIDE SMOKING BAN IN EFFECT TODAY

Arcata’s revised citywide ban on smoking goes into effect on Friday, April 17, 2015. The revised ban, which was approved by the Arcata City Council at its March 18 meeting, prohibits smoking within city limits unless actively passing through on the way to another destination.

Smoking is still completely banned in the Plaza Area, including all outer perimeter sidewalks, at the Arcata Intermodal Transit Facility at 501 Ninth St. and in City parks. In those areas, everyone, including people who are actively passing through, cannot smoke.

The full text of the smoking ordinance, Ordinance No. 1451, is available online at CityofArcata.org, search keywords “Ordinance 1451.”

For more information on Arcata’s smoking ordinance, call the Arcata Police Department at (707) 822-2428.

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  1. Tom Sokolowski said:

    Yes, getting rid of smokers will make Arcata better; we agree.

  2. Plazoid Haters said:

    Yes, all outsiders spend your consumption elsewhere, and Arcata will be financially better. Really? Or, you just blowing smoke?

  3. Tom Sokolowski said:

    Congratulations on the Arcata smoking ban; this will go a long way to help everyone enjoy the plaza more. One problem with the ordinance though, the part where it prohibits smoking within the city limits unless you’re “actively passing through” on the way to another destination. This loophole makes the ordinance unclear, ambiguous, and difficult to enforce. Please get rid of that part of the ordinance, and help make Arcata a nice place for the folks who actually live here and pay taxes.

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