Smoke-free parks will be healthier and cleaner
“City signs to discourage smoking in local parks” (News, May 30) is a good idea. The parks will be much cleaner without the secondhand smoke and all the cigarette butts. Secondhand smoke is dangerous to all parties, especially the children who happen to walk through it. Perhaps a designated smoking station in the parks could be approved as some sort of compromise. If Oklahoma City Beautiful is willing to pay for the signs, we should let them.
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However, the complications about how to enforce it shouldn't be too hard; we already have no-smoking zones around schools, so why can't a park be the same? They're both maintained by local governments so they should both get the same level of care.
Gordon Hand, Morrison
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