"We are going to surpass other cities. We not only have better institutions, we have better people," said councilman Joe Cimperman.
Cimperman is sponsoring an initiative called "Healthy Cleveland." Part of his plan includes an outdoor smoking ban.
During Monday's meeting, council voted to approve a smoking ban on city-owned properties, including public parks, pools and picnic areas. "You won't be able to smoke in front of City Hall anymore. You won't be able to smoke at a playground," said Cimperman.
Smokers will be prohibited within 150 feet of a city-owned place of employment. City golf courses, cemeteries and lakefront fishing piers will be exempt from the ban. The smoking ban will take effect 60 days after the Mayor signs the legislation.
"A lot of this is going to be based on trust," said Cimperman.
Cleveland restaurants will now have to revise their recipes. By July of 2013, trans fats will be banned from prepared food in city restaurants. "You look at KFC, Applebee's, Wal-Mart, they're already getting rid of it," said Cimperman.
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