The southeastern Connecticut town of Griswold has a new smoking ban for its parks, thanks to a 19-2 vote at Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting.

The ban applies to the seven parks and recreation areas under the supervision of the town’s parks and recreation department, and while it prohibits smoking during normal daily usage hours, there is a provision that allows for smoking areas to be established during town events.

During those non-event hours, smokers will be given the opportunity to stop before being hit with a $50 fine for violating the ordinance.

A start date for the ban was not posted on the city’s website nor mentioned by the Norwich Bulletin.

Griswold is home to approximately 12,000 residents.

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