Minneapolis banning tobacco products from parks

(KARE11) MINNEAPOLIS - Beginning on May 8th, Minneapolis parks will no longer allow visitors to use tobacco products.

The city's previous policy, which was approved in 2009, did not include chewing tobacco and vaping, but the new rules includes them both.

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board will educate the public through social media, signage at parks and on its website for the first year. However, next year, if people are caught with tobacco products they may be asked to leave the park.

Tyrize Cox, a board member, said the board worked with organizations and surveyed Minneapolis residents last year. It found that a majority of people surveyed were in favor of a ban.

The ban also includes Minneapolis swimming pools, lakes, golf courses and arenas.