Upper Arlington to consider nicotine ban at city parks, playgrounds

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Upper Arlington city leaders are considering new legislation that would ban nicotine at city parks and playgrounds.

"We all know the impact that second-hand smoke can have," said Kip Greenhill, Upper Arlington city councilman who introduced the legislation. "The second thing is the litter that comes from smoking. They can be left on our athletic fields and so forth in parks."

The proposed legislation would include cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

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"One compelling piece for me is almost 90 percent of smokers wish they weren't smoking, which I think shows the addictive power of nicotine," Greenhill said. "That's why we want to be out front of making our community a healthy place for all of our residents."

Caitlin Bradbury is a mom of three. She says she agrees that nicotine should not be allowed at parks where her young children play.

"Having a no-smoking zone in an area and like a no-pee zone in a pool. It’s like everybody can smell it, and everybody can be affected by it," she said.

Ashten Manwill is also a mom. She says she tries to avoid exposing her daughters to smoke.

"Yeah, we would leave if they were here," Manwill said. "Kids pay attention and I don’t understand why it would be necessary to be around kids."

City council will discuss the matter Monday at 7:30 p.m. An official vote will take place next week.