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Bill would give localities ability to snuff out smoking in their parks

Publication Date: 1/3/2017
  • Author:SCOTT McCAFFREY
  • Publication:Inside NoVA

It could be a longshot in Richmond, but localities such as Arlington would win the power to ban smoking in open spaces such as parkland if a measure percolating in Richmond wins passage.

State Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) has introduced the measure, which would give Virginia counties, cities and towns the power to designate non-smoking areas within outdoor public places, with those caught lighting up subject to a $25 civil fine.

Currently, Virginia localities are prohibited from banning smoking in outdoor parks under their control. Arlington posts signs encouraging park users to refrain from smoking, but can go no further...