Raleigh approves smoking ban in parks
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Raleigh City Council approved a ban on smoking in city parks and greenways on Tuesday in a 6-2 vote.
Supporters say the ban would eliminate second-hand smoke and keep litter out of public areas.
Detractors say it would take away a smoking citizen’s right to enjoy the parks they pay taxes to support.
Changes to the ordinance passed last month mean:
- Moore and Nash park will not be included in the restriction.
- Smoking will be allowed in parking lots.
- Ordinance will ban smoked products not smokeless tobacco products.
- Containers for buds will be placed in parking lots.
The ordinance will take effect July 1.
Boone, Asheville and Buncombe County have all passed similar outdoor smoking bans.
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