Tobacco products, e-cigarettes, smoking banned from all Glen Ellyn parks
Municipal and county governments are including e-cigarettes in outdoor smoking bans. In parks, on beaches and nature trails tobacco products are being banned and the distinction between vapor and smoking is becoming less and less.
The Glen Ellyn Park District has gone completely smoke free. On Dec. 15, the Park District Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to eliminate tobacco products at all of its parks and facilities. The move expands a 2004 ordinance that eliminated smoking in park district buildings. In addition to cigars, pipes and cigarettes, the park district ruling also eliminates chewing tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes on all park district properties, including parking lots.
“We’re about health choices and healthy activities, and we think it’s consistent with our mission,” said Dave Harris, the executive director of the Glen Ellyn Park District.
Although e-cigarettes are not a tobacco-based product, Harris said staff and the elected commissioners wanted to present an “overall no smoking policy because of the type of activities and mission we’re empowered to present.”