KTNV (LAS VEGAS) — The North Las Vegas City Council will soon vote on whether to restrict smoking and e-cigarettes in parks.
Ordinance 2965 is proposed by councilmen Scott Black; he said the enforcement would protect the community in all 37 parks in North Las Vegas.
Councilman Scott Black is behind Ordinance 2965. He says smokers would have to stay at least 100 feet away from people at parks (bathrooms, entrance to all 37 parks, sports areas, etc). @CNLV @KTNV pic.twitter.com/1sAFWJuocJ— Cinthia Maldonado (@CinthiaKtnv) April 5, 2019
Smokers of any kind would have to stay at least 100 feet from the following but not limited to areas that include:
· sporting fields (including non-designated areas being used for sporting events)
· spectator areas
· restrooms (including free-standing toilets)
· the entrances to all recreation facilities
· all sport and play areas
· park trails
Councilmen Black’s main concern is kids, at an impressionable age, considering the bad habit.
“I believe they deserve to play in this area without seeing this occur or smelling the smoke that comes from it," said Black.
During a few minutes, Councilmen Black picked up more than 20 cigarette butts. He said there are hundreds of them in the grass, mulch, and sidewalks.
Parents at Craig Ranch Park told 13 Action News they
"I care about his health. I care about other children's health. I don't want them to be around someone who smokes all the time,” said Ned who often visits Craig Ranch Park with his son Otto.
"It's their life. Just don't smoke around my kids. It doesn't bother me," said Charlene.
Jordan Fuentes told 13 Action News he's mindful of others when he uses his vape, he is not bothered by it.
“It's common sense! Like these little kids are going to look at you and be like what is that and be curious,” said Fuentes.
North Las Vegas City Council will vote on the proposal on April 17. If approved, Councilmen Black said there will be fines for those who decide to light up in close proximity of people.