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Council of Commissioners votes to ban tobacco use in Clark Park

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BUTTE - The Butte Council of Commissioners voted in favor of banning the use of tobacco at one of its major city parks this week.

The Council voted 9-3 in favor of banning smoking, chewing tobacco or vaping tobacco at Clark Park.

The move will include the installation of signs banning tobacco, but there will be no fines or citations issued against anyone using tobacco at the park.

Frank Rozan, a prevention specialist with the Health Department, pushed for this ban after collecting garbage bags full of discarded tobacco products at the park over the summer.

"We're only doing this to help make Butte a healthier place," Rozan said. "The cigarette butts are so toxic and they toss out so willy-nilly, our studies have also shown that second-hand smoke builds up the same level outdoors as it does indoors, so there is no safe level of second-hand smoke."

Rozan added this is a pilot project and he hopes to spread the tobacco ban to other city parks in Butte.

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