Smoking Shelters Violate New State Law | VideoJoel Porter | 1/8/2013
Under the law, not only must smokers remain at least 20 feet from any door, window or air vent, but the shelters that were built to comply with the city ordinance less than two years ago are not compliant.
"And the state law essentially reduced that ability to the point where, unless you can devise a structure that`s 66 percent open on each of the four walls, you can`t smoke in there," city attorney Charlie Whitman said.
Whitman says the law operates on a complaint basis. He says bar owners could be issued escalating fines based on how many complaints are received.