- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - Mason City officials are asking people not to smoke at public playgrounds in the city but have decided to make compliance voluntary.

The Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1pgQ3c0 ) the Mason City Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution urging people not to smoke in playgrounds. The city also will post signs identifying the playgrounds as no smoking areas.

The board earlier had considered supporting an ordinance that would allow fines for people who smoke in the play areas but decided to make the effort voluntary.

City Council member Alex Kuhn initially proposed the smoking ban. He says the voluntary effort would protect children from secondhand smoke and reduce litter without implementing an ordinance that would be difficult to enforce.

The city plans to erect signs in spring 2015.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/


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