A change to where people are allowed to light up in city parks and athletic fields could be in the works for Fayetteville, N.C., as the city’s parks and recreation board has given its unanimous support of adopting such a measure.

Complains about smoking in the bleachers and seating areas at sporting events led to the ban being discussed by the board, and now the assistant city attorney has been asked to draft an ordinance that will come before the city council as early as this fall. The ordinance appears to create designated smoking areas away from places where people, especially children, tend to congregate, though it would not apply to county-built parks that the city manages.

Mayor Nat Robertson told the Fayetteville Observer that he thinks the proposed policy makes sense.

Earlier this summer, the city sought to create zoning restrictions for tobacco retailers that would limit how close they could be to schools, churches, and other tobacco retailers. That ordinance is slated to come back before the city council for a public hearing on August 25.

Fayetteville has a population of around 200,000 people and is located in Cumberland County in the central part of the state. The county has seen several smoking bans come info effect this year and is planning expanding smoke-free areas even further,

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