Lenexa looks to create more consistent smoking restrictions across Civic Center

Smoking will soon be more restricted on Lenexa’s Civic Center grounds and in the parking garage after Lenexa officials presented a plan to create a more consistent smoking policy for the area Tuesday night. Smoking already is prohibited near building entrances.

The council’s committee of the whole asked staff to write administrative rules to deal with outdoor smoking at the Civic Center, rather than having the council pass a new ordinance. The administrative rules mean signs will be posted and visitors caught smoking can be asked to move to the designated area. But there will be no fine or police involvement. The Civic Center restrictions would not apply to the sidewalks that go around the area.

“We don’t want it to become something we’re going to beat people over the head with, but we’re just want to be able to say these areas are restricted from smoking,” said Parks and Recreation Director Gary Ristow.

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