As of yesterday, smoking in public parks in Philadelphia is officially banned by executive order. Mayor Nutter said that he's trying to protect the parks from cigarette butts and secondhand smoke, but that he also wants to discourage smoking.
Though Deputy Mayor of Parks and Recreation Mike DiBerardinis said that a similar executive order issued in 2011 was effective in reducing smoking in public parks, there is no actual penalty for being caught smoking in the park. The ban is an executive order, not an ordinance, so smokers can't be fined.
· No more smoking in Philly parks, Nutter orders [Newsworks]