Streetsboro City Council is considering the possibility of prohibiting smoking on city properties.
Councilman John Ruediger brought the issue to City Council's agenda recently.
The city's current smoking law includes signs that require smokers to stand at least 25 feet away from city buildings and youth activities, Ruediger said.
Even if smokers are able to light up 25 feet away from buildings, Councilman Tim Claypoole said people usually have to walk near enough to smokers to get a whiff of second-hand smoke.
"I really believe this is progressive and something that I'd like to see our city consider, and I think it would move us forward," Ruediger said. "I really do think, with it being a safety and health issue, it's something we should positively promote in the city."
Mayor Glenn Broska said the city would be overstepping its authority in prohibiting smoking on city grounds.
"I know it's unhealthy, but(smoking is) also legal," said Broska. "It's just another thing that regulates what people can do. You're turning people into criminals for a legal activity."
"I mean, you're talking about a legal activity here. I can go to the store, and I can buy cigarettes. To have it where it is a complete ban on city property, I think we're just infringing on an individual's ability to do something legal."
Councilman Regis Faivre said prohibiting smoking on city property might be difficult to enforce, particularly on weekends during outdoor events such as children's Sunday soccer games.
"People ignore signs," said Faivre. "We see that all the time with speed limits and everything else."
Claypoole said people have the right to smoke but should do so on their own property because nonsmokers often do not have a choice in inhaling second-hand smoke when cigarettes are lit in close proximity.
Council members asked Law Director David Maistros to bring to the next safety committee meeting examples of other municipalities' smoking laws, ranging from complete bans to partial bans with designated smoking areas.
The public is free to comment on the issue at Council meetings, but there will not be a dedicated public hearing, said Broska.