The San Angelo City Council gave final approval to an expanded smoking ban for the majority of city parks on Tuesday night, though the focus of the ordinance is event and gathering space as well as children’s play areas.

The amendment to the city’s existing ban prohibits smoking within 50 feet of playgrounds, pavilions and other locations within city parks where “No Smoking” signs are posted. It also adds a prohibition on smoking within the enclosed or fenced areas around swimming pools. The city did carve out an exemption for the facilities of its Lake Nasworthy park.

The ban had previously covered the seating areas of all outdoor sports arenas, stadiums, and amphitheaters, as well as the seating areas of golf courses and public parks where people are assembled to witness sports or other events.

The expanded ban goes into effect immediately.

San Angelo is located in central Texas, approximately 260 miles southwest of Dallas. It is home to nearly 100,000 residents.

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