Duluth bans smoking on Lakewalk

The City Council in Duluth has snuffed out smoking at popular tourist spots: the Lakewalk, Lake Place and Leif Erikson Park, banning the use of tobacco – and synthetic marijuana or “bath salts” – within 6 feet of the paths and the park. The measure was prompted by complaints about smoke, littering, and issues with patrons of The Last Place on Earth, a downtown head shop.
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The Duluth City Council has banned smoking at several outdoor locations that are popular with tourists, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The council on Monday passed a resolution banning the use of tobacco in on the Lakewalk, in Lake Place and in Leif Erikson Park.

The ban includes chewing tobacco, Northlands Newscenter reports.

The measure was prompted in part by patrons who pick up products including synthetic marijuana and "bath salts" at a downtown head shop called The Last Place on Earth, focus of a recent federal raid. But owner Jim Carlson supported the ban, and he wondered why it didn't go even further, Northlands Newscenter reported:

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