The East Lansing city council will hold a public hearing on a new ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city parks, plazas and recreational facilities.  The council could vote on the ordinance following the 7 p.m. public hearing tonight.

Smoking tobacco in parks, plazas or recreational facilities would be considered a civil infraction under the new ordinance, with a fine of not more than $100 for a first offense and $500 for a second offense.

In East Lansing, current smoking ordinances ban people from smoking tobacco inside public places or within 50 feet of an entrance to a public place.

Mayor Mark Meadows said, "the university has already created a smoke free campus so this is sort of an extension of that."  Here's more from the Lansing State Journal.