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New Measure Looks To Ban Smoking In Some Public Spaces In MoCo

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A new proposed measure in Montgomery County would ban smoking in some public spaces, including certain areas of apartment buildings and privately owned playgrounds.

The council is debating whether to extend the ban to public areas of apartment buildings, which would include hallways, lobbies, and laundry rooms.

Councilman George Leventhal, sponsor of the measure, says it was born out of several complaints from residents, including one who says her neighbor lit up in the hallway of their apartment building constantly, filling it with smoke.

Leventhal's proposal would also extend the ban to playgrounds in privately owned apartment buildings. State law prevents the county from banning smoking at public playgrounds.

A public hearing on the measure was held last month. Supporters included the Center for Tobacco Regulation, while opponents included the Maryland Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors.

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