Delaware, Ohio Bans Smoking in Parks

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On Monday, the Delaware City Council passed an ordinance banning any form of smoking at city parks, a ban that includes traditional tobacco products such as cigars as well as e-cigarettes and other smoking devices. The proposal passed by a 6-1 vote in favor of it.

The ordinance passed is a revision of the city’s previous anti-smoking ordinance, which prohibited smoking within 50 feet of parks and recreational facilities.

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Receiving an exemption was the Hidden Valley Golf Course, which came as part of a recommendation of the parks board.

Violators of the new smoking ban could be subject to ejection from the park and a charge of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor that comes with a minimum fine of $150.

Delaware is home to just under 40,000 residents and is located approximately 30 miles north of Columbus.

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