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D.C. seeks ban on smoking in national parks

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Washington’s non-voting member of Congress on Thursday asked the National Park Service to ban smoking on all of its property in the city, including the National Mall and trails such as Rock Creek Park.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton wrote Park Service Regional Director Steve Whitesell saying she’s heard from constituents who fear breathing second-hand smoke while using national parks.

“One should not go to an NPS park to enjoy the outdoors and find smoke instead of fresh air,” she wrote.

She said the park service has the power to enact a ban on its own without needing any more powers from Congress.

While the D.C. Council is pondering a bill to ban smoking near city parks, Ms. Norton said most park property in the city is owned by the National Park Service, so a federal ban would go further.

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