New Britain, Conn. Bans Smoking in Parks and City-Owned Properties

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At its meeting on Wednesday, New Britain’s Common Council passed a ban on the use of tobacco in all forms—including e-cigarettes—as well as the use of marijuana in city parks and city-owned properties.

City police will be tasked with enforcement of the new law, and while violators will get a warning a first offense, they will be subject to an infraction and fine of up to $99 for additional violations.

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The council has made itself open to the idea of having designated smoking areas within parks and city-owned properties for tobacco use only, but discussions as to the specifics of those locations remain to be had.

New Britain is home to approximately 72,500 people.

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