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Proposal would ban smoking in Fayetteville parks, trails

By Stacy Ryburn

This article was published February 11, 2018 at 1:00 a.m.

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Yoni Alfredo Escobar of Springdale casts a line Friday into the water above the dam and spillway while fishing with his wife at Lake Fayetteville. The city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has forwarded a recommendation to approve a proposal banning smoking in city parks.

The argument

Why should parks go smoke-free?

• Clean air

• Children’s safety

• Fire prevention

• Groundwater pollution prevention

• Studies suggest tourists prefer smoke-free parks

• Grant incentives

• Endorsement from the National Recreation and Parks Association

Source: Northwest Arkansas Tobacco and Drug-Free Coalition

FAYETTEVILLE -- Smoking is banned in restaurants, shops, theaters, retailers and most other public places in the city. Soon, parks and trails could be added to the list.

The argument

Why should parks go smoke-free?

• Clean air

• Children’s safety

• Fire prevention

• Groundwater pollution prevention

• Studies suggest tourists prefer smoke-free parks

• Grant incentives

• Endorsement from the National Recreation and Parks Association

Source: Northwest Arkansas Tobacco and Drug-Free Coalition

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