Boulder City Manager proposes smoking ban on the city's municipal campus

BOULDER - Boulder's City Manager wants to ban smoking of any kind on the city's municipal campus, which includes the municipal building, library and the lawn area between them.

"Uncontroverted scientific evidence tells us that secondhand smoke is a significant health risk, especially to children," City Manager Jane Brautigam said in a quote provided by her office.

Brautigam signed a non-emergency rule Tuesday, according to city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley. If approved, the rule would prohibit all smoking in the area bordered by 13th St., 9th St., Arapahoe Ave. and Canyon Blvd. The rule would also apply to the Farmer’s Market area.

Moving vehicles would not be covered by the ban, but parked vehicles would be.

The rule is intended to be similar to the smoking ban on the Pearl Street Mall, which went into effect on Jan. 18, 2013.

"The ban applies to smoking of any kind, although public smoking of marijuana is already illegal," Huntley wrote in an announcement.

Because this is a non-emergency rule, Brautigam will hear public comment before deciding if the proposal should be implemented, revised or dropped.

Public comments can be emailed to Ann Large in the City Manager’s Office at or mailed to her attention at City of Boulder, P.O. Box 791, Boulder, CO, 80306. Large can also be contacted by phone at 303-441-3090.

Huntley said the deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, and all input provided to the city will be a matter of public record.

Alternatively, the Jan. 7 and Jan. 21 city council meetings will both include time for public comment. Both meetings start at 6 p.m. in the Library Auditorium at 1001 Arapahoe Ave.

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