The city of New Carlisle has banned smoking at its local pool, continuing the jurisdiction's promotion of a healthy environment.
This ban is in accordance with the passed resolution implemented in late May 2016, prohibiting smoking around playground equipment, swimming pools, bleachers, and so on.
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Mayor Mike Lowry explained to News Center 7's James Buechele what prompted the change to provide smoke free areas.
"We tried to-as a whole, at parks and especially at pools, promote a healthy lifestyle," said Lowry. "It's about getting kids out, getting families out to have a healthy lifestyle of getting exercise."
Local residents appear all for the new ban and are providing good feedback.
Janelle Loundenback, mother of four and avid pool goer is, "extremely excited" about the change.
"Now when we're here at the pool we don't have to worry about getting second hand smoke, or kids stepping on cigarette butts and so forth. It just makes us a little more comfortable," said Loundenback.
"I think it's a great idea, because it's definitely a child friendly place and there's really no need for anyone to be smoking," said Sarah Benable, nurse and mother of two.
Although Benable does not smoke, there are plenty of adults who do, but Lowry assures they will not be disregarded.
"I know there are a lot of people out there that do smoke," said Lowry. "If they do come to the pool they can still smoke they just have to step out, out the front door, 15 feet away from the pool itself."
Smokers who violate the rule will be asked to leave, but will not receive fines or penalties.
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