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Tahoe Donner Association goes smoke-free; $50-plus fines possible

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe Donner Association recently implemented a smoking ban on all owned property as a health and fire safety measure.

It prohibits smoking at all amenities, common areas and other association-owned properties, officials said, including the golf course, parking lots, open space and trails.

"As a leader in outdoor recreation, it is our responsibility to our guests, members and community to ensure Tahoe Donner is a safe place to play and visit," General Manager Robb Etnyre said in a statement. "We believe this new policy, combined with our current defensible space practices aligns well with our fire prevention goals."

Tahoe Donner's smoke-free regulation applies to all individuals, including employees.

To accommodate anyone with an interest in quitting smoking, information on local free programs is available on Tahoe Donner's website at tahoedonner.com.

Fines for violations start at $50 and may be assessed, per incident, on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, according to the association.

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"The ban does not apply to homeowners' properties or e-cigarettes, and employees may smoke within their cars," officials said.

Spanning more than 7,000 acres of land, Tahoe Donner is one of America's largest homeowner's associations, with nearly 6,500 properties and 25,000 members.

Visit tinyurl.com/p7amca8 to learn more about the ban.