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Smoking ban takes effect in Austin 

Jump to full article: KVUE (Austin, TX), 2011-12-24
Author: ANDREW HORANSKY / KVUE News

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A permanent smoking ban is now in effect.

For months the Austin City Council heard lengthy debates about the smoking ban. City council ultimately decided that the temporary smoking ban, started earlier this year, should remain permanent.

"When you're taking away our rights to smoke outside in a park, it's kind of like tightening the noose," smoker Robert Ojeda said.

According to the City of Austin, workers picked up more than 37,000 discarded cigarette butts this year across Austin's 251 parks.

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