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Charleston Council Passes Smoking Ban in All City Parks

Downtown Charleston, W.Va.

Against the recommendation of its mayor, the Charleston City Council has passed a resolution banning smoking in all city parks and playgrounds.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Mayor Danny Jones cast the lone dissenting vote Monday. Jones says enforcing the new policy will be nearly impossible.

Parks and Recreation Chairwoman Susie Salisbury says the ban won’t take effect at individual parks and playgrounds until new signs are in place to inform the public of the ban.

A person caught smoking in a city park will receive a verbal warning to put out the cigarette. If a person refuses to extinguish the cigarette, he or she can be asked to leave. If the person refuses to leave, the police may get involved and the person could face a trespassing charge.