Smokers Can No Longer Light-Up on Popular Duluth Tourist Spot

By KBJR News 1

September 10, 2012 Updated Sep 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Smokers will no longer be able to light up along one of Duluth's busiest tourist spots.

Duluth City councilors voted tonight to ban smoking and chewing tobacco products along Duluth's Lakewalk, Lake Place and Leif Erickson Park.

After a spirited debate, councilors decided to vote down Councilor Sharla Gardner's amendment that would have limited the ban to only synthetic products.

Several residents spoke ahead of the vote in favor of the tobacco use ban, many citing environmental, health and personal reasons.

Duluth head shop owner, Jim Carlson of "Last Place on Earth" supported the ban 100 percent.

"The only problems I see is, I wonder why you've limited it to a certain area. Why aren't we including Park Point, Canal Park, Lester River, Enger Tower and all the other places that children and young people and non smokers hang around," said Carlson.

"Tobacco related litter has accounted for between 43 and 57 percent of all the garbage that's been picked up," said graduate student Andrea Crouse.

The smoking ban, which covers all products, will go into effect in roughly 30 days.

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