HOUSTON, TX – We all know smoking is bad, but that’s not enough to stop plenty of people from doing it.
Which is why the city of Houston is banning smoking on all properties belonging to the parks and recreation department and the Houston Public Library.
“We want all libraries to be considered safe, healthy, family-friendly spaces in communities throughout the city,” Houston Public Library director Dr. Rhea Lawson said.
Joe Turner, director of Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department told City Council, “A smoke-free park system will assist the department in keeping our park and ball fields, recreation areas, and natural spaces clean, healthy, and safe for all to enjoy.”
The ban includes both indoor and outdoor spaces — so no more lighting up in city parks.
Violating the new rules could come with a heavy price.
“It’s a misdemeanor and the fine could be up could be up to $2000,” Turner said.
The policy takes effect at downtown public library facilities Thursday and all other library and park facilities the day after Labor Day, so you won’t have long to wait for fresh air almost everywhere in town.