MINNEAPOLIS - Effective Monday, all tobacco products are banned from Minneapolis parks.
The new ban, approved in March, includes chewing tobacco and vaping which was not part of the city's previous policy adopted in 2009.
The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board says, for the first year or so, they will educate the public through social media, signage at parks and on its website. Then, next year, if people are caught breaking the rules they may be asked to leave a park.
Tyrize Cox, the assistant superintendent of recreation, told KARE 11 last month the new rules will allow staff to spend more time beautifying parks, rather than cleaning up cigarette butts.
Besides parks, the ban includes Minneapolis swimming pools, lakes, golf courses and arenas.