Montgomery County’s extension of its smoking ban to include county properties has focused largely on public education about — rather than enforcement of — the new law.
The County Council voted in February to expand the ban from indoor areas to bus stops and shelters, parking garages and outside county libraries and at outdoor recreation areas.
The county’s Department of Health and Human Services gets an email about once a week complaining about someone smoking at a county bus stop or other area, said spokeswoman Mary Anderson.
But the agency doesn’t have enough inspectors to routinely go around conducting checks, and enforcement of the new law depends largely on the honor system, she said.
Inspectors can check to make sure county property has the correct signage, but it’s difficult to catch people when they’re actually smoking, Anderson said.
Gaithersburg did not adopt the county’s policy, but is considering a ban on smoking on outdoor city property.