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A man lights a cigarette outdoors. Photo from Pixabay.

The American Lung Association in California Wednesday praised the Tustin City Council for taking a first step toward banning smoking in the city’s parks.

The council on Tuesday approved the proposed ban on first reading, and is scheduled to take a final vote on Oct. 17.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit smoking in all of the city’s parks, including marijuana and e-cigarettes.

“We commend the city of Tustin for taking this important first step toward reducing exposure to second-hand smoke in our community, especially for children enjoying our city’s outdoor spaces,” said Ravi Choudhuri of the American Lung Association in California.

“As a mother and Tustin resident, exposing our children and other community members to cigarette and e-cigarette use sends the wrong message,” said Abbie Gee, a volunteer with the association and local Girl Scout troop leader. “It’s hard to enjoy our time at the park when there’s second-hand smoking blowing in the air.”

The association is also advocating for the city to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas, as well.

–City News Service

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