City Council votes to ban smoking in all Colorado Springs parks

September 25, 2013 Updated: September 25, 2013 at 11:46 am
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photo - The ban is meant to protect city properties from fire danger, decrease litter — especially from cigarette butts — and reduce “detrimental” secondhand smoke, said Karen Palus, parks director. (AP file)
The ban is meant to protect city properties from fire danger, decrease litter — especially from cigarette butts — and reduce “detrimental” secondhand smoke, said Karen Palus, parks director. (AP file) 

The Colorado Springs City Council voted 5-3 on Tuesday to ban smoking in all city parks, including trails and open space areas.

The ban is meant to protect city properties from fire danger, decrease litter — especially from cigarette butts — and reduce “detrimental” secondhand smoke, said Karen Palus, parks director.

Violators can be fined up to $500 and spend 90 days in jail.

Council members Helen Collins, Joel Miller and Keith King did not endorse the ban. They questioned enforcement and called the ban a limit on personal freedom. Council members Val Snider, Jan Martin, Merv Bennet, Jill Gaebler and Don Knight favored the ban. Councilman Andy Pico was absent.

City Council votes to ban smoking in all Colorado Springs parks

Updated: September 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

The Colorado Springs City Council voted 5-3 on Tuesday to ban smoking in all city parks, including trails and open space areas. The ban is meant to protect city properties from fire danger, decrease litter — especially from cigarette butts — and reduce “detrimental” secondhand smoke, said...

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