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Excerpts from: Open-air smoking at zoo could end
By Jay Tokasz, Rochester News [08/12/00]
(August 12, 2000) -- As the Seneca Park Zoo moves closer to
expansion and renovation, Monroe County legislators will consider a
proposal to keep the zoo's air a little cleaner, too.
Legislators Tracy L. Logel (pictured), R-Chili, and Pieter
W. Smeenk, R-Fairport, have introduced a bill that would
ban smoking even in outdoor areas of the zoo.
Logel cited secondhand smoke and the hazards of having
children near lighted cigarettes, lighters and matches.
Cleanliness and safety of the animals are also concerns,
"This is where there's a concentration of kids," Logel said. "I just feel
A 1997 amendment to the county's sanitary code banned or limited
smoking in restaurants; sports facilities, including Frontier Field; and
public buildings such as indoor areas of the zoo.
But in Mesa, Ariz., smokers face fines for lighting up in any area used
for public gatherings. And Davis, Calif., prohibits smoking in play grounds and public gardens.
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