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North Ridgeville approves smoking ban in city parks

The North Ridgeville Parks and Rec Commission approved a policy to prohibit smoking in the city's parks and sports complexes. (Source: WOIO) The North Ridgeville Parks and Rec Commission approved a policy to prohibit smoking in the city's parks and sports complexes. (Source: WOIO)
Cigarette butts are often found on the ground around the park. (Source: WOIO) Cigarette butts are often found on the ground around the park. (Source: WOIO)
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Roberta Wilson is disgusted by what some people choose to do and leave behind at her local park: They smoke and toss their cigarette butts
on the playground.

Now the mother of 3-year-old and 6-month-old daughters is thrilled to learn that the North Ridgeville Parks and Recreation Commission approved a policy to prohibit smoking in the city's parks and sports complexes.
 
"I think it's good. I don't like the smoke around my kids. People will stand right here. The smoke will blow in their faces. They don't care. I don't like the smell. I don't like what it can do to them," says Wilson.
  
The policy, which goes into effect in July, bans cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff and even e-cigarettes.

Steve Keating doesn't smoke but thinks the policy is a little too strict.
 
"Maybe parks can do a little segregation area where you can smoke and there's trash cans there where you can dump your butts," suggests Keating.
 
"It can be a trigger for those who have asthma out in the community," says Dr. Edward Craft II.
 
A doctor at University Hospitals, Craft says he's noticed fewer patients who smoke coming in for care, which is a good sign, especially for young children exposed to the habit.

"I think there's definitely a decrease in the social stigma of smoking and, obviously, physicians are trying to decrease smoking as a whole," said Craft.
 
As for Wilson...
 
"Hopefully it will keep the kids from smoking in the parks, as well. 'Cause that's a bad influence on my kids," she said.

Officials say there are no fines and no one will be banned from the parks, but if they don't follow the policy they could be removed.

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