Lufkin residents breath sigh of relief after park smoking-ban

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Sharon Ramsey takes her grandson to Chamber's Park in Lufkin on a regular basis. "Many times people will sit under these picnic tables and after they eat they start smoking," said Ramsey.

As of Wednesday Ramsey's grandson will no longer have to smell cigarette smoke while at a Lufkin park. A new city ordinance states you have to stomp-out cigarettes before entering the park.

"As a grandmother I am absolutely thrilled," said Ramsey. She is not alone. One teacher said the smoking-ban gives students a breath of fresh air.

"It's a great idea because we have asthmatic students and I have a best friend that has serious asthma and anytime they get around cigarette smoke we run the risk of them having asthma attacks," said Amy Seaman, Pineywoods Community Academy kindergarten teacher.

Those who decide to light-up in a Lufkin park are also taking a big risk. Don Hannibus, director of Lufkin Parks and Recreation said, "The no-smoking ordinance has a penalty of $500. Hopefully the citizens will just enforce is themselves."

The new ordinance ensures Ramsey's grandson can run freely, swing on the swing-sets and enjoy picnics with his Grandma without having to inhale cigarette smoke.

The no-smoking signs are not posted yet, but if the city catches people smoking in a Lufkin park, they will be fined.