A ban on smoking in the parks of Hamden, Conn. grew to include all town-owned property when the Hamden Legislative Council passed an amendment during its meeting on Monday night.

However, it’s not all bad news for smokers, as the amendment requires that designated smoking areas be established within parks and other affected areas, with the exception of school grounds. The original version contained no designated smoking areas, and some council members felt the definition of where the ban applied was to vague, according to a report by NHRegister.com.

The council passed the original ban in July 2016 and instituted a $100 fine for violators, which is maintained with the amendment.

Hamden is home to approximately 61,000 residents and is located approximately six miles north of New Haven.

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