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Marion parks go nicotine free

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MARION (KWWL) -

About sixty communities across the state have gone smoke free in their parks, eliminating cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

Marion is one of just two that have chosen to be completely nicotine free, the other being Center Point.

The nicotine ban in Marion parks starts tomorrow.

"The nicotine free policy actually scoops up some of these alternative nicotine products, probably the most common being e-cigarettes or other types of vaporizers," said Curt Wheeler, a certified prevention specialist for Area Substance Abuse Council or ASAC.

 "It makes me feel more comfortable here, that the kids will be safe and a really good environment, so I'm excited about it," said Claire Wenisch as she enjoyed the City Square Park in downtown Marion.

Wheeler tells me protecting children is a big reason why this new ban is happening.

"I mean that's a big part of it obviously in a school setting, certainly is, but in a park setting even looking today and seeing all the kids out here, still something that's certainly a benefit."

And those I spoke to agreed.

 "I never think it's good for kids to be around that," said Shantell Dish as she enjoyed Thomas Park.

Marion will soon have new signs to represent the new law.

"Nobody wants to have anybody be surprised, they want everybody to be informed, they want to answer questions, so the sign placement is really critical you want to make sure everybody is informed right when they enter the park area and you'd like to be able to place reminders around the park area," said Wheeler.

The signs have been ordered, but they aren't in yet.

I'm told Marion wants to give people time to get used to the new law, so for now there will be a grace period.

But Wheeler told me he hopes citizens will practice the new law in the meantime, and they hope to have the signs up as soon as possible.

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