A Pocatello press release sent out today announced a new voluntary smoking ban in parts of city parks. The city will put up signs around specific areas of the parks to encourage citizens not to smoke there.
Pocatello is targeting areas like baseball fields, playgrounds and shelters, but the press release stressed that the program is entirely voluntary.
However, the city will also be conducting The National Citizen Survey, which asks a question about the public’s opinion of restricting smoking in public outdoor places, like parks. The results of the survey are due back in December, and the city will take another look at the smoking policy based on the public’s answers.
Idaho enacted a 2004 statewide smoking ban in all public places, but gave many exceptions including bars, tobacco shops, veterans homes and designated hotel rooms. So far, the only municipality in the state to go any further is Moscow, who banned smoking from all enclosed work places, including bars and private clubs.
Like Moscow, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana already have strict statewide bans in place that prohibit smoking in most public places, including bars.