Mayor Tom Menino is expected to sign a bill banning smoking in Boston’s public parks. When it takes effect in a few months, anyone violating the ordinance could face a $250 fine.

The Boston Globe reports the ban would include cigarettes, marijuana, and electronic cigarettes in more than 250 parks, squares, cemeteries, and other open spaces managed by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. New York City, San Francisco, and 900 cities around the country have similar laws on the books.

Supporters say the ban would protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke, reduce litter, and encourage people to quit smoking. Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollack says it has seen an increase in smokers in parks since many colleges, hospitals and other facilities have also banned smoking.

Do you support the ban, or do you think it goes too far? Share your comments below.


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