No smoking ordinance gets council approval

The Port Huron City Council has approved an ordinance that bans the use of tobacco products at city parks and beaches. In a seven to zero vote last night, council passed the ordinance which codifies an existing “no smoking” policy at Port Huron parks. The new ordinance applies to vaporizers, cigarettes, and hookahs also gives the authority to the Port Huron Police Department to enforce the ban. Mayor Pauline Repp says the smoking ban has been a project of the Port Huron City council for several years, citing health and littering concerns. Repp says the ordinance was modeled after those in other Michigan cities such as Ann Arbor and East Lansing.