DeKalb County bans smoking in public parks - CBS46 News

DeKalb County bans smoking in public parks

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The DeKalb County Commission has voted to ban smoking at playgrounds, parks and public service lines such as ATMs.

According to DeKalb County Board of Health, the smoking ban goes into effect on Wednesday.

DeKalb Health Department officials believe smoking in public parks is a hazard.

District Health Director S. Elizabeth Ford, M.D., M.B.A., was at the meeting when the amendment was passed.

"We are extremely pleased by the actions taken by the Board of Commissioners to add this layer of protection. Smoking and secondhand smoke cause serious illness and even death, and costs our Georgia healthcare system millions of dollars annually. This is definitely a win for improving future health outcomes for our citizens especially our youth," said Ford.

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