Smoking, e-cigarettes banned in Chicago parks, harbors

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Smokers will no longer be able to light up in Chicago parks.

The Park District’s Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to ban smoking at parks and harbors.

The resolution includes any lighted substance including cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes and marijuana.

The District says the smoke-free parks policy will help promote healthy lifestyles, improve the local environment and save on maintenance costs.

Chicago now joins the more than 950 park districts across the country that have smoke-free parks.

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    • Derek Hall

      Yes that is not a “lighted substance”. Which is the primary point of ecigs and what makes them inherently healthier than smoking. The Mayor must have friends and/or stock in big pharma.

  • Diane

    There was a time I used to love visiting different venues of Chicago. Thought about looking for a condo and employment there. But those days are long gone. Even if I chose to ignore the traffic, high parking costs , admission fees to previously FREE museums and other events , ( not to mention the crime rate) no smoking is just one more thing to keep me away.

  • Robert Fitzpatrick

    As a smoker I take offense to all the laws being made by cities and towns to keep smoking out of sight while at the same time taking advantage of smokers at the cash register to bolster their incomes, if you do not want smoking in your city DO NOT SELL TOBACCO PRODUCTS, don’t be two faced about it.

  • Raul

    Growing up my whole family smoked and at that time guess didn’t bother. But all that smoke around just thinking about now it would bother. And now my whole family is smoke free. Which is good because all that smoke can kill and it sure bothers me now . So good that this is a law now .

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