The first reading of a proposal to ban smoking in the parks of Flagstaff, Ariz. got an approval this week, with the city council voting 6-1 on Tuesday in favor of it and setting it up for a second reading and possible passage in the coming week.

The proposal seeks to expand the city’s existing smoke-free air policy to its parks, a request that came from students at two local high schools. Because of the way the current policy is written, it would only apply to lighted tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and pipes, and not to electronic cigarettes or vaping devices. It would also not apply to chewing tobacco.

An amendment proposed during the meeting to extend the ban to cemeteries passed unanimously.

The council is scheduled to give the proposal a second reading and vote at its meeting on Tues., June 6. Should it pass, it will go into effect in 30 days and violators will be subject to a fine of $50 for lighting up in a park or cemetery.

Flagstaff is located approximately 145 miles north of Phoenix and is home to an estimated 70,320 residents.

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