Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Extends Parks Burn Ban to Include Smoking

 

 

September 16, 2011 -- Mayor Annise Parker today signed an executive order (attached) extending the City's temporary burn ban to include smoking in City parks.  The smoking ban applies to lighted cigars, cigarettes, pipes or any other device used for the burning of tobacco or other plant material.

 

Mayor Parker last week banned the use of barbecue grills and all other outdoor burning in City parks during the ongoing drought.  With the addition of the smoking ban, the City's policy is now consistent with Harris County's burn ban.  Violations of the mayor's executive order carry fines of up to $2,000 per offense.  The executive order will remain in efect until drought conditions improve.