Naperville, Ill. Passes Parks Smoking Ban

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There is a new ban on smoking and tobacco use in the parks of Naperville, Ill. after the city’s park board approved a proposal by a 6-1 vote at its Aug. 9 meeting.

The ban, which covers 137 parks but provides an exemption for the city’s golf course, went into effect immediately upon passage. There is still debate about refining the golf course’s exemption, as one board member expressed concern that people could smoke on places like the putting green, where children and non-smokers are likely to also be.

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People found to be smoking in parks will be asked to move to a city sidewalk or parking lot should they wish to continue. If they refuse, they are subject to ejection and suspension from the park as well as a fine between $75 and $500.

Naperville is located approximately 34 miles west of Chicago and is home to just over 147,000 residents.

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