Dearborn, Mich. Delays Vote on Parks Smoking Ban

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An expected vote on a thorough parks smoking ban for Dearborn, Mich. was delayed this week, as city council members had different understandings of what areas would be affected and several groups said the ban was too intrusive and discriminatory.

The proposed ban, which would cover 43 parks, now sits in a bit of limbo as the council referred the matter to the recreation commission, which will in turn provide an advisory for an as yet unscheduled vote in the future, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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Should the ban pass, violators would be given the opportunity to immediately cease smoking before being cited and fined $25 plus administrative costs.

Dearborn is located just west of downtown Detroit, and has a population of around 100,000 residents, making it the eighth largest city in Michigan.

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