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OKLAHOMA CITY NEWS-The Oklahoma City Council unanimously approved a new anti-smoking policy in all city parks. The council cited several concerns in passing the measure. Study upon study has shown the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, especially on children who's lung functions are still developing. Council-members further pointed out the economic costs the city faces as corporations either choose to move to the state or look elsewhere.

As the news spread, there was initially some question as to whether a municipality could regulate and outlaw smoking in outdoor public areas. However, as one council-member pointed out, other Oklahoma municipalities can and have in the past regulated such activities in the questioned areas without problem. The Mayor, Mick Cornett, plans to ask the Oklahoma Attorney General for an official opinion on just how far and city can regulate and restrain otherwise perfectly legal activity.

Even with this question looming, the council plans to move forward with plans to choose designs for no-smoking signs to be placed in current and future city parks and recreational areas. Potential designs will be analyzed over the next several weeks and OKC Beautiful has stated that the organization will offer to pay for some of the signage.

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