The City Council Tuesday ordered a ban on smoking in all Pleasanton parks, agreeing with a recommendation of the city's Youth Commission that secondhand smoke poses a threat to others in the parks.
The commission's study had been reviewed and supported earlier by the city's Parks and Recreation and Human Services commissions.
Members of the Youth Commission, in their report, said that they also were concerned about negative health effects from cigarette butts they found in parks, fire risks from improper cigarette disposal and "general health, safety and welfare concerns for persons using city parks and trails."
The ordinance adopted by the council also prohibits smoking on public trails and in city parking lots serving parks and trails. The council exempted, however, Callippe Preserve Golf Course, although the course's clubhouse already prohibits smoking inside the building or on its outdoors patio.
The Youth Commission has been investigating the city's current smoking restrictions and participated in the Alameda County Public Health Department's "Project Teen Friendly" program.
The project involved surveying the community about tobacco products being sold in local stores and observing how tobacco is being used in Pleasanton. It also gathered information from various health organizations and members organized and undertook two weekend cigarette butt clean-ups at Ken Mercer Sports Park to quantify the amount of litter there.
With its smoking ban, Pleasanton joins the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon in banning smoking in all public parks.