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.

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