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City of Tonawanda bans smoking in parks

The City of Tonawanda Common Council has unanimously approved a ban on smoking in all city parks, although there's no penalty set for violators.

A similar ban on smoking in parks was approved by the Buffalo Common Council in July that carried potential fines of $50 to $500 for violators.

In the City of Tonawanda, officials are hoping for voluntary compliance.

The action was proposed by the Tobacco-Free-Erie-Niagara at Roswell Park Institute, which will provide signs that will be erected in September.

"It's more of a symbolic gesture. We are not going to have the smoking police writing tickets. It's more of a conscious effort by city leaders to try and improve the air that everyone breathes," said Mayor Rick Davis. "Residents come to the park to enjoy the fresh air and if someone is sitting next to you smoking it defeats the purpose."



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