GLENDORA – The city on Tuesday joined a growing number of municipalities nationally that ban smoking in public parks. The City Council voted 4-0 to prohibit the use of any lighted tobacco or plant product in city parks and public facilities. Councilman Mark Kelly was absent from the meeting. “It’s a sign of the times,” said Mayor Ken Herman, adding that he is a former smoker who now is offended by secondhand smoke. “It’s just an awareness that this is something that people are objecting to more and more.” The vote, which occurred with minimal council discussion and no public comment, brings Glendora into the fold of more than two dozen cities in Los Angeles County that have enacted similar bans. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsWhile many cities and states across the country are approving smoking bans, California is at the forefront. The state in 1994 banned smoking in enclosed workplaces. That legislation was expanded in 1998 to include restaurants and bars. In 2001, the Legislature voted to prohibit smoking at playgrounds; the next year a 25-foot, smoke-free buffer zone around play areas was enacted. Experts say it’s part of a broad shift in attitude toward smoking that has occurred over the last 15 years. Recent studies on the negative health effects of secondhand smoke are also buoying the trend, they say. “City Council members and elected officials understand there is overwhelming public support for smokefree workplaces and public places,” said Paul Knepprath, vice president of government relations for the American Lung Association of California. The association supports bans on smoking. City prohibitions are becoming more popular, Knepprath said, adding that he eventually expects a ban of smoking in public parks to be enacted statewide. In Glendora, smoking will be banned at all parks and public facilities beginning Dec. 27. No-smoking signs will be posted. City-owned parking lots and the fairways and greens of the city’s Glen Oaks Golf Course will be exempt from the ban. Most municipalities issue a fine for smoking violations, Knepprath said. But Glendora will not levy fines, said Jim Henderson, the city’s community services director. City staff will enforce the ban, and police may be called for support if smokers refuse to cooperate, Henderson said. If that becomes a frequent problem, the city will consider fines for infractions, he said. Other cities in the San Gabriel Valley that ban smoking in public parks are Baldwin Park, Covina, El Monte, La Puente, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Dimas, South Pasadena and Walnut, according to the California Department of Public Health. Smoking is also banned in Los Angeles parks. Outside the City Council chambers Tuesday night, Mark Smith was puffing on a Marlboro 100. A Glendora resident and council meeting regular, Smith said he supported the ban. “I smoke,” he said, “but they stay in the car when I go to parks.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2110160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!