Smoking policy for WL parks could become city code

Police could soon be able to enforce a smoking ban in all West Lafayette parks. That's if a proposed ordinance is passed by the council.

Posted: May 31, 2018 11:53 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Police could soon be able to enforce a smoking ban in all West Lafayette parks. That's if a proposed ordinance is passed by the council.

There is currently a policy in place that bans smoking in all parks. By adding the ban to city code, could make it more enforceable and easier to issue fines.

However, there was some confusion at Thursday's precouncil meeting about which smoking and tobacco products would be included in the ordinance. Attorneys will work to clarify that before Monday.

"Other things that's not necessarily smoking, but other uses of tobacco, whether or not that should be allowed in parks and whether or not we should take this opportunity to expand the definition of tobacco use," said Elliott McKinnis.

Again, the council will meet to discuss the ordinance at the regular meeting on Monday. That will take place at the Morton Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

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