Hilliard, Ohio Bans Tobacco Use in Parks

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A ban on the use of all forms of tobacco products as well as electronic smoking devices will soon be coming to the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Hilliard, after the city council approved a proposed ordinance on Monday night.

Violators can be charged with a minor misdemeanor and subject to a fine up to $150 for a first offense, with subsequent offenses carrying a fine of up to $250.

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The ordinance did not include a date that the ban would go into effect, and the city has not posted anything on its website regarding the matter. An email to the city has not yet been returned.

Hilliard is located approximately 13 miles northwest of Columbus and is home to just over 31,000 residents.

Shortly after this story was published, a representative from the city confirmed that the ban will go into effect on Dec. 13, 2017.

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