LYNNWOOD — The Lynnwood City Council has banned smoking in city parks.
The proposed ban passed 6-0 at Monday night’s council meeting, with one councilmember absent.
Lynnwood joins about four other Snohomish County cities that have outlawed cigarettes and other kinds of tobacco in their parks. Most other local communities have signs posted in parks asking people not to light up.
In Lynnwood, a violation of the new ban could lead to an infraction with a potential fine of up of $209, according to the police department.
Councilman Sid Roberts on Wednesday said he sought the ban because he was disappointed at seeing smoke and cigarette butts in the parks. He noted that the idea met with some opposition but also drew support from organizations like the Snohomish Health District.
Roberts said he hopes more cities follow suit.
“It’s not so much about the fine,” he said. “The issue was more just the principal of the matter.”
Local cities with tobacco bans in parks include Lake Stevens, Bothell, Marysville and Sultan. Mill Creek has a ban at its sports complex, and county parks officials are considering a ban for at least two wild areas. In most cases, the local bans result in more warnings than actual citations.
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