Charleston city council passes smoking ban on parks

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Tuesday night Charleston city council passed an ordinance that will ban smoking in all public parks in the city of Charleston.

The ordinance prohibits traditional and e-cigarettes. These new rules will be implemented in over 120 parks throughout Charleston. The city says the idea came from a recommendation from the Health and Wellness Advisory Committee. 

“It’s all about health and wellness I think from the recommendations, second smoke being a proven carcinogen,” said Director of Parks, Jason Kronsberg. “It’s really about everybody having the ability to have a smoke-free place.”

Similar smoking ban ordinances were placed at MUSC, the College of Charleston, and the Citadel. The city says banning smoking from parks was the next step. 

“It’s really the logical next step for the city of Charleston to have our parks smoke free,” Kronsberg said. 

The city will spend the next eight months figuring out how they will enforce this new ban. The target start date is January 1, 2019. 

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