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Smoking Ban in Effect within Downtown Core

To protect the public from secondhand smoke within a dense area of the downtown core, the Providence City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits smoking within a defined area.

A vote earlier this month, overriding the mayor’s veto, put the law into effect. Smoking was already prohibited in parks, playgrounds, and areas around schools, and this new ordinances extends the policy to the entire area around Kennedy Plaza. It covers Fulton Street and part of Westminster Street, along with parts of Dorrance Street, Francis Street, Exchange Terrace, and Memorial Boulevard. Anyone who violates the ordinance will receive a warning for the first offense and a $50 fine for each successive offense.

Read more about the ordinance in The Providence Journal and RIPR.