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Stenehjem: Playground smoking ban discussion should include public participation

FARGO - North Dakota's Attorney General is weighing in on a possible playground smoking ban in the city of Fargo.

The Fargo Park Board is considering banning smoking in and around the city's public playgrounds.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told WDAY-AM radio that he's not aware of a state law that would prevent a playground smoking ban.

However, Stenehjem said it should not be approved without public participation.

Park Board Chairman Joel Vettel said it's disturbing to see smoking around children. The board could consider the proposed ban at a July meeting.