Ban on tobacco in Vancouver parks set for public hearing

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The Vancouver City Council decided Monday to send a new parks code — complete with a ban on the use of all tobacco products in parks — to a public hearing.

The parks code hasn’t been updated in more than 40 years and the new version also includes a number of housekeeping items.

The code is slated for a public hearing and vote at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.

Other changes would also include a ban on open containers or consumption of alcohol in parks, with exceptions for permitted events such as the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival held in Esther Short Park.

Vancouver already has voluntary no-smoking zones in some parks, particularly around playgrounds. The ordinance would absolutely prohibit cigarettes, chew, smokeless cigarettes and any other tobacco products.