Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 25, 2013

Buckhannon considers banning tobacco in parks

BUCKHANNNON, W.Va. (AP) — Buckhannon City Council is considering banning tobacco in all city-owned parks and other recreational facilities.

The ban would include the annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival.

The Inter-Mountain (http://bit.ly/X7c448 ) reports that the council plans to vote on the proposed ordinance at its April 4 meeting.

If the ordinance is approved, it would go into effect May 4.

Violators would face a $50 fine for a first offense. The fine would increase for subsequent offenses, up to a maximum $500 for a fifth or subsequent offense with-in a 24-month period.

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