Smoking in the parks of La Crosse, Wis. will soon come to an end, as on Thursday night, the La Crosse City Council voted 9-4 in favor of an anti-smoking ordinance.
The ban applies to traditional tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and vaping devices, though it does allow for the creation of designated smoking areas. In order to create a designated smoking area, it must meet several requirements, including having clearly designated signage; it must be at least 50 feet away from picnic areas, sports fields or improvements used for recreational activity, food vendors, lines for recreational activities in the recreational area and heating and air conditioning intakes or vents; and it must be completely unenclosed.
The ban goes into effect immediately.
La Crosse is home to just under 52,000 residents and is located on the state’s western border.