N.H. town passes park smoking ban, then takes it back

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PELHAM, N.H. (AP) - Less than two weeks after prohibiting smoking in parks in the town of Pelham, selectmen have lifted the ban.

Chairman Ed Gleason tells the Eagle Tribune the board learned the measure was adopted in violation of state law, which only forbids smoking in enclosed public areas.

The board voted 3-2 on May 27 to ban smoking at Pelham's five parks and discussed posting signs at them.

The board later contacted an attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association and was told sections of New Hampshire law only forbid smoking at indoor public places. State law also bans smoking in the workplace, restaurants and bars.

In Derry, the town decided not to adopt a ban and to just post "No smoking" signs near parks.


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