Palo Alto City Council approve public park smoking ban
A ban on smoking in public parks has been approved by the Palo Alto City Council.
With a 7-1 vote, the council approved a ban that covers the city's 38 parks and open spaces.
The ban ordinance also increases other no-smoking buffers in the city from 20 to 25 feet.
Ultimately, the council majority felt the ban boiled down to protecting public health, but as part of the vote, councilmembers agreed to ask the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider if the city's largest open spaces should have designated smoking areas.
The ban is scheduled to be in place by mid-July.