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Special 'Movie Under the Stars' promotes parish parks smoke-free ordinance

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Effective March 1, all Calcasieu Parish parks and buildings are now smoke and tobacco-free - that includes cigarettes and chewing tobacco.

To kick off the smoke-free ordinance, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury had a special "Movies Under the Stars" event at Prien Lake Park Friday as an opportunity to educate the public on the issue.

While puppies from the Animal Services and Adoption Center and the classic movie "101 Dalmatians' may have been the big attractions, parish officials said another major focus was to launch its tobacco-free parks initiative" said Tom Hoefer, the police jury's communications director.

The ordinance took effect March 1.

Prien Lake Park is one of 11 smoke-free parks in the parish. With the ordinance now in effect, KPLC's Erica Bivens asked residents if they were aware of it.

Some had no idea. Others said they knew from seeing the tobacco-free signs.

Even the Louisiana campaign for Tobacco-Free Living made an appearance - providing free popcorn. Just another reminder from the parish to stop and "Smell the flowers, not the smoke."

The ordinance also includes any police jury owned property. The ordinance does not impact RV or campground sites, private residences, restaurants or bars.

Parish officials say they hope education will prompt residents to act as enforcers.

Aside from parish parks, the ordinance sets up designated smoking areas.

For more on the ordinance, click HERE.

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