Council to vote on smoking ban in Salt Lake County parks

Council to vote on smoking ban in Salt Lake County parks

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Tom Callan and Randall Jeppesen reporting The Salt Lake County Council could ban all smoking in the parks later today.

The smoking ban in all 94 parks and recreation centers is expected to pass overwhelmingly, but councilman Joe Hatch will be voting against it. "It will pass overwhelmingly," he said, "but I'm not voting for it. I just think it's too much of government control."

Jeanie's Smoke Shop owner Gary Kelch says the ban will hurt business once again. "Then they take it away from the bars, and now they're taking it away from the open air. I don't understand it," he said.

The smoking ban is the brainchild of councilman David Wilde. The director of the parks wonders how this proposed new misdemeanor will be enforced. Hatch says it comes down to voluntary compliance.

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