A proposal to ban smoking and the use of tobacco and tobacco alternatives in the parks of Decatur, Texas got the unanimous approval of the city council at its Dec. 10 meeting.

While the city has not yet posted the final version of the ordinance on its website, an article by WCMessenger.com indicates that violators will be subject to a fine of $500 should they violate the new ban once it goes into effect. The ban was the idea of resident Katie Morris after experiencing secondhand smoke during her son’s baseball games and practices, saying that adults were frequently smoking near the field and restrooms in one of the city’s parks.

Decatur is located approximately 45 miles northwest of Dallas and is home to nearly 6,100 residents.

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