Smokers, beware: If you're planning to light up, make sure you're not in one of Monroeville's 22 parks.
Monroeville council members approved a law last month that bans smoking in all of the municipality's parks. The law went into effect immediately but signs haven't been posted yet.
"Our parks system is about people enjoying healthy activities and enjoying fresh air, and cigarette smoking is certainly not a part of that," said Councilman Nick Gresock, who sponsored the ordinance.
Young Lungs at Play!, a program offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State Cooperative Extension, will provide signs to inform park visitors that Monroeville's parks and playgrounds are tobacco free.
Mr. Gresock, a chiropractor with one young child and another on the way, said the ordinance is aimed at preventing children from being exposed to secondhand smoke.
Mr. Gresock believes the signs will do most of the work at preventing smoking in parks.
"Reasonable people will abide by the rules," he said.
The municipality's Police Chief Doug Cole also expects that most people will comply with the law and any enforcement will be "complaint-driven."
"If someone refuses to put out a cigarette, it gives us a catalyst ... to cite them," Chief Cole said. "You'll probably get a high voluntary compliance."
"I think it's a good law," Councilwoman Lois Drumheller said. "As a respiratory therapist who sees childhood asthma and all the diseases that spin off of that, it can't be anything but a good thing."
Annie Siebert: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1613. Twitter: @AnnieSiebert. First Published June 7, 2012 5:00 AM