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Smoking ban set to take effect at River Walk, other San Antonio tourist spots – mySA

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Smoking ban set to take effect at River Walk, other San Antonio tourist spots – mySA
  • The San Antonio City Council voted to ban smoking from all parks and other public plazas. Click ahead to see which spots are included in the ban. Photo: /Sabphoto - Fotolia / Stratford Booster Club

    The San Antonio City Council voted to ban smoking from all parks and other public plazas. Click ahead to see which spots are included in the ban.

    The San Antonio City Council voted to ban smoking from all parks and other public plazas. Click ahead to see which spots are included in the ban.

    Photo: /Sabphoto – Fotolia

Photo: /Sabphoto – Fotolia

The San Antonio City Council voted to ban smoking from all parks and other public plazas. Click ahead to see which spots are included in the ban.

The San Antonio City Council voted to ban smoking from all parks and other public plazas. Click ahead to see which spots are included in the ban.

Photo: /Sabphoto – Fotolia

Smoking will be prohibited at San Antonio parks, the River Walk, Market Square, La Villita and the Greenway Trails starting June 1, according to a news release from the city of San Antonio.

City Council voted in favor of the proposal on April 11, joining 52 other municipalities that have adopted the same ban.

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With the ban in place, the city is encouraging healthy lifestyle choices, Director of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department Xavier Urrutia said in a statement.

“By adopting this policy, San Antonio is helping reduce the rate of tobacco use in the community and is demonstrating that our parks and public plazas are where people go to improve their fitness and enjoy nature,” Urrutia said.

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Jennifer Herriott, the city’s interim health director, presented the proposal to the council before they voted on it. She said the ban had strong support during community feedback sessions.

Violators of the ban will have to pay a fine, and signage will be placed in public plazas in the coming days to remind visitors of the new law.

Fares Sabawi covers crime in San Antonio and Bexar County. Read him on our breaking news sitemySA.com, and on our subscriber siteExpressNews.com | [email protected] | @FaresInSA

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