However, the city already discourages smokers from lighting up near play areas and posts "For Our Kids -- Tobacco-free" signs nearby. Everett and other area cities passed resolutions supporting tobacco-free parks several years ago, but they didn't come with any legal teeth. It's not illegal to smoke in parks but smokers who light up near kids might get approached by a park ranger.
Most people approached by a park ranger on that topic get it, Petersen said. The most challenging conversations are with parents smoking around their own kids.
The state's Smoking in Public Places Law is focused on public spaces indoors and around entrances. For a quick primer, go here.
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