Cleveland City Council Decides on Smoking, Trans Fat, Food Trucks


Elisa Amigo
Fox 8
April 27, 2011

CLEVELAND— City council wants to make Cleveland a healthier place to live and work. Monday night, council approved legislation that will affect how you eat and breathe.

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“We are going to surpass other cities. We not only have better institutions, we have better people,” said councilman Joe Cimperman.

Cimperman is sponsoring an initiative called “Healthy Cleveland.” Part of his plan includes an outdoor smoking ban.

During Monday’s meeting, council voted to approve a smoking ban on city-owned properties, including public parks, pools and picnic areas. “You won’t be able to smoke in front of City Hall anymore. You won’t be able to smoke at a playground,” said Cimperman.

Smokers will be prohibited within 150 feet of a city-owned place of employment. City golf courses, cemeteries and lakefront fishing piers will be exempt from the ban. The smoking ban will take effect 60 days after the Mayor signs the legislation.

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