The use of tobacco products, including smoking or vaping, is now banned on city property in Knoxville, Tenn.

Yesterday, the Knoxville City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits the use of tobacco and vaping products at public parks, playgrounds, greenways, or “any public property that is accessible to use by youth.” The ordinance includes the use of all tobacco products, which would seemingly cover smokeless tobacco products, and went into effect immediately after its passing yesterday.

Knoxville is the third largest city in Tennessee with an estimated metro area of around 850,000 people. It is best known as the home of the University of Tennessee.

Update (March 10, 2022) — The article originally incorrectly stated Knoxville was the largest city in Tennessee, it was supposed to say “third largest.”

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