Smokers in Nixa, Mo. will need to put their lighters away if they are thinking about enjoying a smoke on city property, as on Wednesday night the Nixa City Council passed a new smoking ban ordinance that bans the use of tobacco products in all city parks, facilities and land. The ban also includes the use of electronic cigarettes.

As reported by, the passed ban reads:

“It shall be unlawful for any person to possess lighted smoking materials in any form, including, but not limited to, the possession of lighted cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or other tobacco products. Furthermore, the use of other related products, including, but not limited to chewing tobacco, E-cigarettes, and vaping is prohibited in any outdoor place of entertainment or recreation owned or venues controlled by the City of Nixa, including, but not limited to, public parks of any type, and public swimming pools. Venues controlled by the City of Nixa shall mean that the City of Nixa has an agreement with the owner of the property for use by the City of Nixa to utilize said property for a City of Nixa organized event.”

The ban goes into effect immediately.

Nixa is a suburb of Springfield, located about 12 miles to the south, and home to just over 20,000 residents.

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