A ban on smoking and the use of nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, is coming to the parks of Olean after the Olean Common Council passed a proposal at its meeting this week by a 6-1 vote.
City leaders cited concerns about both litter and secondhand smoke in proposing the ban, saying that the cleanup of litter from tobacco products and e-cigarettes has become a growing expense.
The ban went into effect immediately upon passage and provides for violators to be cited and fined up to $200, as well as ejected from the park or recreational area. The ordinance does allow for smoking within a private vehicle parked within a park or recreational facility’s parking lots.
Olean is home to approximately 14,000 residents and is located the western part of the state, just over 70 miles south of Buffalo.