New ordinance requires smokers to be at least 30 feet away from public buildings

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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) — An amendment to present a smoking ordinance was presented and approved by the Ozark city council Tuesday night.

Not only is smoking not allowed inside buildings, but now, smokers have to be at least 30 feet away from the property.

If you're caught smoking outside of public places in Ozark, it could now land you a fine of up to $500 dollars.

While many believe this is an inconvenience, Latoshia Brazil, an Ozark resident says she understands the necessity of the ordinance.

"As a smoker, it is an inconvenience, however, I do agree. I don't want what I do to effect anybody else,"said Brazil.

This new ordinance applies to any public municipalities, such as ball fields, city hall, and the civic center.

The new ordinance goes into effect immediately.

Receptacles will be moved allowing for a designated smoke areas..