Proposed smoking ban irks Cleveland Councilman

Lighting up a cigar while hitting the links may be commonplace for a lot of golfers, it also may soon be against the law in Cleveland.

The proposed law would ban smoking at Cleveland parks and recreation areas and cemeteries as well as within 150 feet of city buildings. The measure was introduced last week by Councilman Joe Cimperman.

Councilman Jeff Johnson said the ordinance should not apply at Highland Park Golf Course. Councilman Johnson tells The Plain Dealer, the facility would have a harder time competing with other privately-owned courses if golfers aren't allowed to light up. Highland Park is a public course.

Councilman Cimperman has indicated he has no problem discussing an exemption for Highland Park.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)

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