- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The next phase of a West Texas city’s smoking ban is set to take effect on Jan. 1.

El Paso residents won’t be able to smoke or use electronic cigarettes at all city-owned facilities, including bus stops, playgrounds and parks.

The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/1E4qt5T ) the city passed the state’s most stringent anti-smoking law in 2001, but the ban focused on prohibiting smoking inside buildings, including restaurants and bars.

Earlier this year, the City Council extended its ban on cigarette smoking in public places, and included electronic cigarettes on the list of prohibited items.

The final phase of the city’s three-part Clean Air Ordinance will take effect July 1, when tobacco retail stores will be required to have isolated venting and air controls.

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Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com

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