Fruita taking steps to ban smoking in parks, open spaces

Published: Sep. 25, 2018 at 8:53 PM MDT
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If you're at a park in Fruita, the likelihood you see people smoking is about to get smaller.

"We're getting closer and closer," Ture Nycum, Fruita Parks and Recreation director, said.

Tuesday night Fruita City Council met to go over the ordinance language for a possible smoking ban -- which now includes open spaces and recreational areas after residents near Snooks Bottom put in a petition to have Snooks Bottom included.

"It's very much a discussion," Nycum said. "It's very much a give and take."

They're doing it for a few reasons: fire danger, litter and health concerns.

"Anytime you can take the endangerment of the public back a step or two, I think it's a good thing," Scott Taylor, resident of Fruita, said.

Even the smokers we talked to say, this ordinance, a good one.

"I smoke a lot and I do think that’s a good idea," Tawn East said.