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Voluntary smoke-free policy will be discussed

Voluntary smoke-free policy will be discussed
LEWISTON, ID - Playgrounds and baseball fields in Lewiston are expected to be smoke-free by as early as this spring.

A voluntary smoke-free policy is being written up and will be presented in front of the Parks and Rec Commission at Wednesday’s meeting.

The policy would ask smokers to remove themselves whenever they wanted to have a cigarette in areas that are designed to attract kids.

"Obviously smoking occurs throughout our entire park system but making sure that it's removed from kids and they're not receiving that second-hand smoke,” said Lewiston Parks and Rec Director Tim Barker. “That's sort of where the whole process started was with some complaints we received in playgrounds and stands at ball fields."

The North Central Idaho Health Department will provide signage so the change in policy will come at little to no cost for the City. Upon approval by the commission, the policy will head to the City Council for a vote.
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