The capitol of Washington state has decided to snuff out smoking in its parks and recreation areas, as on Tuesday the Olympia City Council approved a proposed ban that will go into effect January 1, 2018.
According to a report from the Olympian, it will be more of an educational campaign than a means to fine smokers, with the hope that the ban will also reduce both litter and the risk of fires. Signage will be the first reminder, with park rangers instructed to politely ask people to stop smoking should they see such activity.
The ban also applies to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes, but does not apply to chewing tobacco. State law already prohibits the smoking of marijuana in public places.
Olympia is located approximately 60 miles southwest of Seattle and has a population of just over 48,000 residents.