Oklahoma City council members want smoke-free parks

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OKLAHOMA CITY - At least four council members are behind an ordinance that would ban smoking on city property and in city parks.

Ed Shadid, Larry McAtee, Pete White and John Pettis Jr. introduced the resolution at a meeting last week.

Smoking is already forbidden inside city buildings but, if this ordinance passes, smoking would be forbidden on the city's:

  • Property it owns or operates
  • Parks
  • Trails

Smoking would still be allowed on public golf courses and any facility licensed by the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission.

City streets are exempted from the ordinance, as are sidewalks and alleys adjacent to those streets.

Councilman White likened the ordinance to "taking a bite out of a foot-long hot dog," noting each small smoke-free step makes it more and more uncomfortable for people to use tobacco.

Another ordinance introduced last week would make it illegal for minors to buy vapor products.

There will be a public hearing on the issue at the Dec. 8 meeting with a vote expected Dec. 22.

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