The ban would be implemented in January of that year and would be treated as an education campaign, according to Jonathan Turlove, associate parks director.
The parks department is expected to present a formal ordinance for City Council approval this spring, and will then conduct an outreach campaign in the summer and fall, according to The Olympian.
Park rangers and park staff are not expected to issue fines to those that infringe upon the law, but will instead politely tell visitors to cease their smoking or vaping should they be seen engaging in these activities.
The ban is expected to reduce park litter and prevent fire risks typically caused by lit cigarettes that are not put out or are otherwise left unattended on park grounds.
“It’s not only a health issue, but I think it’s a progressive issue that other cities are embracing,” said Jeannine Roe, a city council member who supported the ban.
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