Smoking ban in public parks now in effect

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- The City of Reno has banned smoking in public parks. The ban went into effect on August 10, 2018.

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The Reno City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that states no smoking or vaping is allowed at or within 100 feet of parks, trails or recreation facilities.

Supporters hope the ordinance will improve the cleanliness of parks and public health.

"Our goal and our mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle, so this fits right in line," says Andy Bass, Reno Parks, Recreation & Community Services Director. "That when you are in a public place there with your family and your kids, that you won't be subject to second hand smoke."

City leaders hope to change behavior through new signage and social pressure to not smoke in the parks.

The Reno Police Department will be advising park-goers of the new ordinance over the next month in an effort to build awareness.