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Smoking to be banned in Howard County parks

Tuesday - 7/12/2011, 8:13am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) - Howard County Executive Ken Ulman says he will issue an executive order expanding a smoking ban to all county parks.

The order would apply to all 57 park properties, but does not include open space and parks owned by the Columbia Association. Ulman tells The Baltimore Sun that the ban, which would take effect on Wednesday, is a step toward making Howard County "the healthiest county it can be."

Ulman says he wants to protect the rights of nonsmokers who use parks.

The county's health officer says Howard County already has one of the lowest smoking rates in the state, between an estimated 9 and 10 percent.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com


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