Magazine article Parks & Recreation

More Parks Consider Smoking Bans

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

More Parks Consider Smoking Bans

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In Pasadena, Calif., lighting up a cigarette in a public park or golf course is illegal. Although Pasadena's law is more stringent than most, a number of communities are weighing their options.

Oceanside, Calif.'s city council recently approved a ban on smoking at beaches, parks and piers. Mayor Jim Wood told The San Diego Union-Tribune, "This is an easy decision for me," after his vote for the ordinance. Although law enforcement and signage will cost the city about $20,000, it will join eight other cities in North County that have enacted smoking bans in specified public places.

California communities may seem ahead of the curve concerning smoking bans in parks, but state law reflects a similar sentiment. In 2003, the state enacted banned smoking within 25 feet of a playground or tot lot sandbox area or disposing of tobacco products nearby.

Outside of California, the issue is heating up, as well. According to the American Lung Association, 87 cities in Minnesota have tobacco-free parks. Also in the Midwest, Urbandale, Iowa, will lead its county as the first city to enact a smoking ban in all parks. The park and recreation commission's recommendation to do so will soon be considered by the city council, which has already suggested it will vote in favor of the policy. …

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