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Long Beach Bans Smoking in Parks, But Won't Put Up Signs

Don't light up a cig at Long Beach's Bluff Park! (Photo by Michael Zampelli via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A unanimous vote by the Long Beach City Council means smokers are going to have to keep their butts out of local parks, reports the Press-Telegram.

Smoking is now banned "in all city parks and other outdoor areas, including picnic areas, playgrounds, sports or playing fields, walking paths, gardens, hiking trails, and bike paths," joining the existing ban on smoking at area beaches.

Smokers violating the new ordinance will face a fine, which increases with the number of violations in a given period of time. However, the ordinance does not provide for signage regarding the ordinance, which means smokers may not know about the ordinance and light up and face penalties.