KILLINGLY, Conn. (AP) _ Killingly officials have rejected a proposed ban on tobacco use in town recreation areas.
The Bulletin reports that the proposal, rejected by a 5-3 vote by the Town Council on Tuesday, would have limited the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, at most town parks.
The restriction also would have applied to reservoirs, a ball field complex and other areas.
Many council members who opposed the plan said the changes would have been too far-reaching. Council member Dennis Alemian said chewing tobacco is often used by smokers trying to quit.
Backers of the proposal say the ban would have reduced the chance of fires and set an example of courtesy. Officials have attributed at least two fires at town parks to discarded cigarettes.
Information from: Norwich Bulletin, http://www.norwichbulletin.com
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