Anchorage Assembly passes ordinance limiting smoking near playgrounds

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The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance Tuesday night making it illegal to smoke cigarettes within a specified distance of playgrounds at parks and public or private schools while kids are present.

The ordinance originally specified 10 feet, but an amendment increasing that distance to 20 feet passed with a 9–1 vote.

Anchorage Assembly member Dick Traini introduced the ordinance, along with another that could potentially raise the minimum age to buy tobacco, in the hopes of improving children's health.

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