Ironwood delays vote on tobacco ban

Jan 15, 2013

IRONWOOD, MI (AP)--   Officials in Ironwood have not yet voted on a proposal to ban tobacco use in parks. 

No action could be taken Monday by City Commissioners because the proposal was considered to be the introduction of a new ordinance.

Officials had spent months working on the ordinance that would prohibit cigarette and cigar smoking and other tobacco uses, including chewing. Only Curry Park, a park for recreational vehicles, would be exempted from the tobacco ban.

Some commissioners and several residents criticized the plan Monday.

Festival Ironwood committee co-chair Keith Johnson told the commission that the ordinance might discourage some people from attending the festival at Depot Park.