A proposal to ban smoking and e-cigarettes in the parks of Wausau, Wis. was rejected by the city council on Tuesday night by a 7-4 vote.
The ban came to the council for a vote after earning the endorsement of the city’s parks and recreation committee in early November, though an online, nonscientific poll of approximately 1,200 people conducted by the Wausau Pilot and Review indicated that there wasn’t public support for the ban. Nearly 60 percent of those who participated said it was an intrusion into their personal business.
The proposal drew criticism for its enforcement plan, which seemed to be voluntary so as not to task the police with enforcement.
Wausau is located in central Wisconsin, approximately 190 miles northwest of Milwaukee. It is home to nearly 39,000 residents.