PHILADELPHIA Just in time for spring picnics and outdoor recreational sports leagues, Mayor Nutter signed an executive order Tuesday immediately banning smoking of tobacco in city parks.
The order, which does not carry any penalties or fines, is an extension of the city's Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Act, which prohibits smoking in workplaces, restaurants, and bars. It is similar to a 2011 executive order that made recreation centers, pools, and playgrounds smoke-free.
Those policies, Nutter said, have helped reduce the number of smokers in the city by 42,000 since 2010.
"Smoke-free park policy furthers these gains, protects our natural resources, and provides safe, clean, healthy places for Philadelphians to spend their time outdoors," Nutter said Tuesday at a news conference before signing the order.