Upper Arlington City Council will consider legislation next week to ban the use of nicotine in all city parks.

CORRECTION: Because of a reporter’s error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly said Upper Arlington City Council could approve a ban on nicotine in city parks April 8. Council is scheduled to hear the first reading of the ordinance April 8 and a second reading April 22. Council could vote April 22 to approve the ban.

Upper Arlington City Council will consider legislation next week to ban the use of nicotine in all city parks.

During an April 1 conference session, council members heard testimony from Dr. Robert Crane, a clinical professor of family medicine for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and founder of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, who said approximately 1,500 cities throughout the country and 15 in Ohio have banned the use of nicotine in public parks.

“Mostly, it’s a statement about health, saying this city, our city, is a healthy city,” Crane said.

Council could approve legislation as soon as April 22 that would ban nicotine at any public park or playground in Upper Arlington.

The draft legislation to come before council would not include wood-fired ovens, smokers, grills, fireplaces, wood-burning stoves or candles.

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