This week, the Polson City Council gave final approval to an ordinance that will prohibit the use of tobacco and vaping products in all city parks and other city-owned recreational facilities, excluding the city-owned golf course.
The ban also includes a provision that would allow for tobacco use in connection with the practice of cultural activities by American Indians that is in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.
Once the ban goes into effect on June 18, violators will receive two warnings, the first verbal and the second written. A third violation within three years of the first violation comes with a $100 fine, while a fourth violation comes with a $200 fine and any subsequent violations increase the fine to $300. All violations carry the potential of ejection from the facility.
The ordinance was approved by a 5-1 vote.
Polson is home to just over 5,000 residents and is located in the northwestern corner of the state, 70 miles north of Missoula.