Smoking ban takes effect Feb. 1 for many Ann Arbor parks


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A smoking ban takes effect Feb. 1 in many Ann Arbor parks, including 73 with playgrounds and four downtown parks.

The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/1BPUfK4 ) that the move comes nearly 10 months after the City Council approved an outdoor smoking ordinance empowering the city administrator to designate parks as smoke-free.

The Park Advisory Commission made a recommendation to go smoke-free in 77 of the city's 158 parks to start. The prohibitions at the parks will apply to smoking cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes.

Commission Chairman David Santacroce says the ordinance aims to protect the health park visitors, including children, by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke. He says those using the parks "deserve to benefit from clean, healthy and smoke-free outdoor environments."

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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