"Non-smoking section" heads to the outdoors
Where kids could inhale secondhand smoke. Health officials say being exposed to indoor secondhand smoke can raise your cholesterol, clog your arteries, and increase the risk of a heart attack. Perrin says limiting smoking in city parks is one of their priorities.
"We've put up our signs there and said no smoking in that area where the small children are," Mayor Perrin said. "We've had a lot of people call, write letters and send emails saying wont you consider going totally smoke free at Craighead Forest and some of the parks."
There is no evidence that shows smoking outdoors can be harmful to others. But that has not stopped the number of outdoor bans from doubling in the last five years.
"There is no reason why it shouldn't be banned because it's children's health that is involved here," said Broadaway.
Smoking in parks could also create a problem with littering.