Smoking ban takes effect in Goose Cr.

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Grace Beahm

Starting today, it is illegal to light up in the city of Goose Creek.

City Council in January passed a ban on smoking in public places and places of employment, giving businesses until today to get ready for the new law.

“The smoking ban is one more step to improve the quality of life in Goose Creek,” said Councilman Franklin Moore, who proposed the law shortly after being elected to council last year.

The law prohibits smoking in city-owned facilities and vehicles, except golf carts, and all enclosed public places, including bars, restaurants, stores, ballparks, stadiums and more. It also bans smoking in places of employment.

It allows smoking on porches and decks more than 10 feet from a building’s entrance.

Violators could be fined $10 to $25.

The law passed on Jan. 8 by a vote of 4-3, with Moore, Jerry Tekac, Kimo Esarey and Mark Phillips voting for it and Mayor Mike Heitzler and John McCants and Marguerite Brown against it.