Indianapolis City Councils voted on Monday to largely ban smoking in public parks, which further strengthens the city’s smoking ban ordinance.
The amended ordinance bans smoking in 212 public parks in the city, including tennis or basketball courts, swimming pools and walking trails. The ban excludes municipal golf courses and land that the city leases for more than five years.
Smokers who violate the ban would face an initial fine of $ 100, with subsequent violations starting at $ 200.
The new rule also includes e-cigarettes.
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City councils voted 18 to 6 to amend the ordinance, with five Republicans and Democratic councilor Monroe Gray voting against.
“Smokers are taxpayers like non-smokers. And all parks are funded by taxpayers’ money,” said Gray. “So I think that a person who wants to walk around the park and smoke in the afternoon should be his privilege.”
The city’s no-smoking ordinance was passed in 2005 and expanded to include bowling alleys, most restaurants, bars, and most workplaces in 2012.
However, the 2012 changes have still exempted a few businesses, including tobacco shops, hookah bars, and satellite gaming facilities that were licensed prior to April 2012.
The change prompted local bars to sue for unfair treatment. The Indiana Supreme Court ultimately upheld the city’s ordinance.
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