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Courtesy photoMembers of Healthier Lyon County picked up cigarette butts at local parks. The group anticipated finding a number of littered items but were shocked by the large amount. The above bags are from (clockwise from left): Santa Fe, All Veterans, Jones and Peter Pan parks.

Healthier Lyon County strives to make parks and playgrounds in Emporia tobacco free.

The group recently approached the Emporia City Commission about establishing a city ordinance to ban tobacco use from parks and playgrounds. Other cities in Kansas have adopted similar policies. City commissioners recommended the group conduct additional community feedback on the issue.


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I am not a smoker and this sounds very nice. But, how will you enforce it? Are you going to hire smoke police? Give tickets to those who do smoke outdoors? Reality check.


That Jones Park bag looks awfully suspicious to me... some cheap off brand white filter with a silver ring, and about 1"+ of unburnt tobacco... and there are several of them exactly the same. These don't appear to be the kind of dirty butts you would find flicked on the ground and stepped on at a city park. These are what butts look like that come out of an ASHTRAY or that end up along the curb after being thrown out of a car.

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