In response to the cloud of smoke that often surrounds smoking, the City of Long Beach has decided to ban the practice from all of its parks. Violators will face a fine that starts at $100 and increases per infraction.

Up next may be the city’s public golf courses.

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Following discussions during meetings of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission on July 22, Aug. 19, and Sept. 16, the commission adopted a motion by a unanimous vote to recommend to the City Council that smoking should be banned in all city parks.

Currently, more than 140 cities and counties in the state have implemented a complete or partial ban of smoking in their parks.

Brett Waterfield, president of the commission, said the commissioners’ discussion dealt more with the issue of which parks should be included in the ban, and not much was said about whether or not people’s right to smoke should be prohibited in general.

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