Boulder to enforce smoking ban on Pearl Street Mall

BOULDER, Colo. - Enforcement of an ordinance that bans smoking on downtown Boulder's popular Pearl Street Mall begins Monday.

The smoking ban, which includes the four blocks of the mall and the lawn of the Boulder County Courthouse, took effect Jan. 18, but officers have only been giving out warnings because "No Smoking" signs had not yet been installed.

The maximum penalty for a first or second offense within two years is a $500 fine, while a third conviction within two years carries up to a $1,000 fine and a 90-day jail sentence.

City officials told 7NEWS that residents and business owners have complained for years about smoking around the popular shopping area.

Proponents say the smoking ban will reduce litter and protect people from the health effects of secondhand smoke. Opponents worry it will discourage visitors.

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