Beginning Jan. 1, students and residents can be fined for smoking within a 900-foot radius of Newton North High School.
The board of aldermen approved an ordinance banning smoking on public properties around the high school by a vote of 20-2. Sydra Schnipper and Anthony Salvucci voted against the ordinance, and Marcia Johnson and Ken Parker were absent.
A subcommittee of the high school liason committee, which is chaired by Newton North principal Jennifer Price, recommended the ordinance to help reduce smoking among students and faculty at the high school.
Violators would face a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 fine for the second offense, and $200 fine for all offenses thereafter. Students would also have the option of completing a smoking cessation course in lieu of the fine.
-- Rachana Rathi
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