Proposal to ban smoking in Lufkin city parks passes first reading

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin on Tuesday night took a first step toward banning smoking in all city parks.

The measure is a compromise.  Originally, the Angelina County Drug Free Coalition asked the city to ban all tobacco products from city parks.  Commissioners decided to begin with a smoking ban.  Don Hannabas, Director of Parks and Leisure Services said, "I think it's good for our kids that they not have to be exposed to that, but I understand that there are people that have exposed their kids to it and that's what they do."

Hannabas said if approved on the final reading, the city would make sure no smoking signs are posted in every park to alert visitors.

The first reading of the no smoking ordinance for city parks was unanimously passed by Commissioners.  The proposal will have to pass a second public reading on April 21


before it becomes law.