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Olympia bans smoking from all parks and trails

The trail system near Ellis Cove in Olympia’s Priest Point Park offers spectacular colors in the fall.
The trail system near Ellis Cove in Olympia’s Priest Point Park offers spectacular colors in the fall. sbloom@theolympian.com

All parks and trails in Olympia will be smoke free when the new year begins, the city announced in a statement last week.

The ban will go into effect Jan. 1, and includes cigarettes, cigars, tobacco, e-cigarettes, and all other vaping devices, according to the release. Using chewing tobacco is allowed.

Smoking marijuana is illegal in all public places, including in parks and on trails, per Washington state law.

Signs outlining the ban will be put up in all parks. Citizens can report violations to the park ranger service at 360-570-3905.

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5473, @smithlm12

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