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Health Highlights: April 25, 2016

San Francisco Bans Smoking in Parks to Protect Animals

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San Francisco Bans Smoking in Parks to Protect Animals

Citing a health threat to animals, smoking has been banned in 65 parks by the East Bay Regional Park District in the San Francisco area.

The move is meant to help keep the air clean and keep beaches, bays and wild lands free of cigarette butts that can harm animals and fish, the Associated Press reported.

While smoking will still be allowed in overnight camping areas, the district made it illegal to smoke medical marijuana anywhere in parks. That was previously allowed in some areas.

During an initial grace period, violators will be given verbal warnings, according to Parks spokeswoman Carolyn Jones, the AP reported.

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