Smoking in parks has been snuffed out in yet another city, as on Tuesday the Iowa City Council voted 6-1 to add parks to the list of places where smoking is prohibited.
Mayor Jim Throgmorton was the lone opponent to the proposal, which passed its third reading and will go into effect upon publication. The ban applies to the use of all forms of tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes. The lone exception is for tobacco used in a private vehicle.
Since the ban has been added to the city’s existing list of places where smoking is banned, the existing penalty of a simple misdemeanor with a fine of $50 for violators will also apply
Iowa City is home to approximately 75,000 residents.