King County weighs tobacco ban in parks

King County would join a growing list of local parks, hospitals and schools with policies for tobacco-free areas under a proposed ordinance, prohibiting tobacco use in the busiest areas of the county’s expansive parks system, being considered by the county council.

The proposed ordinance would mean visitors to county parks could no longer use tobacco in heavily-used park areas such as children’s playgrounds, athletic fields, picnic shelters and trailheads.

“When people come to a public park, they expect to breathe fresh air – not someone else’s cigarettes,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine, citing a survey of county residents in which more than 70 percent said they support smoke-free public places, including parks.

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