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In late November, the Boston City Council voted unanimously in favor of banning smoking in parks, golf courses and other areas owned by the city, today, that mandate became law.

The measure still had to clear the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission—which voted unanimously in favor of the move today—and Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who proposed the measured. Under the amended Boston Municipal Code, Ordinance 7-4.14, smoking tobacco in these city parks will now carry a $250 fine. The new law goes into effect immediately.

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Menino’s sixth and final term will end on Jan. 6 when Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh is sworn in.

Boston’s ban is the most notable in the U.S. since New York City banned park smoking in 2011.

In 2011, Menino ordered Boston cigar bars to be closed by 2018, an action that was overruled by the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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Charlie Minato
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I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.

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