Smoke-free parks just in time for summer

All the cool kids are doing it. Seattle’s parks are going smoke-free, and just in time for those great outdoor summer activities (well, technically the ban doesn’t kick in until July 1). Seattle joins more than 1,000 cities and jurisdictions around the country with similar bans on smoking in parks, including Los Angeles, New York and Portland.

No more having to explain to your kids why those grown-ups (or teenagers) are doing something that makes them sick. No more having to watch as your toddler tries to pick up a butt, along with every other shiny piece of trash or bit of rock as they explore in the dirt. And of course, no more secondhand smoke.

It doesn’t sound like smoking was a huge problem in the parks, but it’s nice to know there’s one less thing to have to worry about when it comes to your kids’ health.

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