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Davis County Approves Smoking Ban at Outdoor Public Places

Davis County Approves Smoking Ban at Outdoor Public Places

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*Marc Giauque, KSL Newsradio*Update: Smokers in Davis County will soon have fewer places to light up. The Board of Health has approved a ban on outdoor smoking in places of recreation.

Those places of recreation include public parks and private businesses Lagoon. Beginning next year, you can forget about lighting up at the base of the roller coaster. Davis County Health Director Louis Garret says, "Many, at least, of the larger theme parks around the country, Disneyland and the Six Flags kind of parks much like Lagoon, have already implemented this around the country."

Garrett says there are some exceptions, such as playing areas at golf courses. There is a fine for anyone cited for violating the new rules, but Garrett doesn't expect that to happen much.

Earlier:Today the Davis County Board of Health will decide if it will ban smoking at outdoor public places.

Board members will consider research on the effects of second-hand smoke, as well as public comment. However, the Deseret Morning News reports board members have only received 10 public comments on the issue, seven of which favor the ban.

If the ban passes, it would go into effect January 1, 2008.

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