The Jeff Davis Parish Court House. (Photo courtesy of Stephen-Karen Conn)
Last Modified: Friday, March 14, 2014 12:20 PM
JENNINGS — The Jeff Davis Parish Police Jury unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday banning smoking and tobacco use on the grounds of the parish courthouse, annex and voter registrar buildings and related property.
The ban will apply to cigarettes, cigars, pipes and chewing tobacco. Smoking is now prohibited within 25 feet of the courthouse entrance under state law.
The Police Jury’s measure extends the smoke-free environment to apply to the lawns, sidewalks, parking lots and other public areas.
“It’s going to affect everybody, but the measure is aimed at patrons,” Police Juror Steve Eastman said. “Unfortunately it is a bad habit which offends others.”
Eastman proposed the smoking ban in January. “I have received a number of complaints about smoking around the courthouse,” he said. The complaints have ranged from concerns over secondhand smoke to cigarette butts littering the grounds.
Those who want to smoke or chew tobacco will now have to do so in their own vehicles, across the street or elsewhere away from the smoke-free zones, he said.
“No smoking” signs will soon be posted to alert people to the new policy, Eastman said.
Those who violate the policy are subject to a minimum fine of $100.