Anyone who enjoys a dip of Skoal at a softball game might be in for a big disappointment this summer.
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is considering a policy that would create tobacco-free areas at city-run facilities.
The department is looking to eliminate the use of tobacco products – that includes cigarettes and smokeless products – in sensitive areas, such as playgrounds, tennis courts, ball diamonds, basketball courts and youth-sports zones.
Parks-rec officials, along with Columbus Public Health representatives, have sent a survey to tens of thousands of people and have posted the questionnaire on their individual websites. The survey also was sent to area commissions and civic groups.
“It’s just our attempt to educate people as to what’s the right and healthy thing to do for the community,” said Steve Aumiller, an assistant director with parks-rec.
For more on this story, see the Dec. 20 editions of ThisWeek Community News.