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Frederick weighs ban on smoking in parks

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The city of Frederick is considering banning smoking in city parks.

The proposal is on the agenda for a Wednesday afternoon meeting of the mayor and Board of Aldermen.

The city's Parks and Recreation Commission recommended such a ban in 2007.

The University of Maryland Law School says Howard County prohibits smoking in parks. And it says Anne Arundel, Carroll, Montgomery and Prince George's counties restrict smoking in at least some areas of their parks.

The American Nonsmokers Rights Foundation of Berkeley, Calif., says at least 534 U.S. municipalities have smoke-free park laws.

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