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Marshall County Officials Posting 'No Smoking' Signs at Public Parks

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Residents in Marshall County will start seeing new signs in several outdoor public areas that aim to help children, but benefit everyone.

Last year, Glen Dale mayor David Blazer signed a tobacco free policy that prohibits the use of any form of tobacco at any city-owned recreational facility.

On Wednesday,  Blazer held that signed copy with pride as he and representatives from the Marshall County Health Department and American Lung Association put up the first sign of many beginning at Glen Dale Park.

Marshall County's smoking ban went into effect on April 1 of this year. The ban makes it illegal to smoke at outdoor restaurants, ticket lines, fairs, festivals, parks, ballfields, amphitheaters and on the grounds of doctors' officers and hospitals.

When the ban was first proposed, Marshall County Health Department administrator Ronda Francis, said "There's no disputing that cigarette smoke, whether it's the person smoking or second hand smoke, causes cancer and other lung-related issues such as asthmatic attacks. For the protection of the public, Chapter 16 of West Virginia law requires that we protect the public's air, water and food supply."