City Manager Jane Brautigam on Tuesday adopted a rule banning smoking on the Boulder municipal campus, as the City Council considered whether to expand the ban to most of downtown and city parks and open space.

Boulder banned smoking on the Pearl Street Mall by ordinance last year, and this year, Brautigam issued a city manager's rule banning smoking on the municipal campus as part of a broader effort to make the area more appealing to families.

Violators of the ban face citations and fines as high as $1,000.

The ban applies to outdoor smoking in all public spaces between the east curb line of 13th Street and the east curb line of Ninth Street, and between the north curb line of Arapahoe Avenue and the south curb line of Canyon Boulevard, according to a city news release. It also applies to parked cars within that boundary and the area used by the Boulder County Farmers Market, though it does not apply to private businesses.

Enforcement of the ban is not expected to begin immediately, as officials will be placing signs in the area alerting people of the rule, the city says. That process is expected to take a few weeks.

While the maximum fine for violating the rule is $1,000, "Generally speaking, the city is unlikely to seek fines this high for this type of offense," the release says.

Brautigam's adoption of the rule follows a 15-day public comment period.

At the Boulder City Council study session Tuesday night, Mayor Matt Appelbaum said he would like to see the smoking ban expanded to other city-owned property, such as parks and open space.

There was broad support on the council for some form of expanded ban but a lot of disagreement on how broad the ban should be and what kind of public process the city should follow.

Appelbaum said many other cities ban smoking in most public areas, and Boulder would not be a pioneer. He said city staff members could draft an ordinance, which could be voted on in a short time frame.

But other council members wanted to take a more cautious approach.

Councilman Andrew Shoemaker said the city should wait and see how effective the current smoking bans are and whether there are any unintended consequences.

"We should see some results pretty quickly," he said. "We're going to either like them or we won't, and we can go from there."

He noted that without enforcement, bans will be meaningless, and it will be hard to enforce over a larger area.

Councilman Tim Plass said he wants to hear from the boards and commissions that provide oversight of parks, open space and multi-use paths before the council makes any decisions.

"The 'just do it' approach doesn't work for me," he said. "We have boards and commissions who help us decide these things, whether it's parks or open space, and I'm not willing to just jettison that in favor of getting it done."

But Brautigam and City Attorney Tom Carr said the more expansive the public process, the more time-consuming it will be. They asked the council members to consider the other items on their work plan and prioritize.

Many council members supported the idea of expanding the Pearl Street Mall smoking ban to include the downtown business district so that people can't just cross the street or step around a corner to smoke.

However, they were divided on whether smoking should be banned in allies in the downtown area or only on streets and sidewalks.

Appelbaum suggested that places people "sit, stroll or linger" should be subject to the ban and that University Hill should perhaps be included.

Councilwoman Lisa Morzel said she's especially concerned about the fire risk of smoking on open space. She also said the legalization of marijuana means the city needs to set a policy, even though smoking pot in public is already illegal.

"Where are the tourists going to smoke it?" she asked. "You can't smoke it in your hotel room. You can't smoke it in your rental car. You can't smoke it on the street. They're going to be smoking in our parks and on our open space. I'd rather get ahead of it than try to do something when everybody already has their favorite toke-up spot on their favorite trail."

The City Council members will consider several options for a public process around several possible smoking ban areas at their Feb. 11 meeting when they discuss the city work plan for the next two years.

Camera Staff Writer Joe Rubino contributed to this report. Contact Camera Staff Writer Erica Meltzer at 303-473-1355 or meltzere@dailycamera.com.