It’s been illegal to smoke in the parks of Grove City, Ohio since February 2016, but the city is about to step up both education and enforcement of the law.

The city has begun installing signage at all of its parks that will inform visitors of the ban, which prohibits people from smoking carrying lighted cigarettes, pipes, cigars, other tobacco products or smoking materials within all areas of public parks leased or owned by the City, which have been wholly designated as smoke free zones.

Violators of the ban can face a minor misdemeanor for a first offense, while subsequent offenses are considered fourth degree misdemeanors. Additionally, those who smoke in parks can face bans from the areas.

Grove City is located 10 miles southwest of Columbus and is home to approximately 39,000 residents.

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