Enquirer Herald

County OKs smoking ban

After two years of lobbying by doctors and public health advocates, Rock Hill and York County leaders voted Monday night to ban smoking in public places -- a move that would bring both in line with a growing number of South Carolina communities.

Under both smoking bans approved Monday, people who light up in public places could face fines -- up to $25 in Rock Hill, as high as $50 in the county.

Businesses that allow people to smoke in violation of the bans also could be fined in the city and county, and repeat offenders could lose their licenses.

For the smoking bans to become law, the city council must vote to approve it one more time; the county council must vote twice more.