Halifax council voted Tuesday to ban smoking at outdoor recreation facilities where children tend to congregate, including ball fields, beaches, pools and skateboard parks. Violators face a potential $500 fine.
The ban will be implemented in about two months, as signs designating the smoke-free areas are posted, and a "social marketing" campaign informing residents of the ban will be rolled out over the next two to four years. All told, the ban will cost between $100,000 and $200,000, said city staffer Peter Bigelow.
Despite some concerns---councillor David Hendsbee considered the ban "heavy-handed" and councillor Jerry Blumenthal worried that blind smokers wouldn't see the new signs---council voted unanimously in favour of the ban.
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