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Boston expected to ban smoking in parks

Menino expected to sign ordinance; officials cite gains on health, litter

Gilbert Farley, the self-appointed town crier of Boston Common, had just stamped out his half-smoked cigarette, delicately preserving it for later, when he learned the City Council had voted to ban smoking in public parks.

He was perturbed to hear that when the ordinance takes effect — likely in a few weeks — lighting up on the Common could cost him $250 .

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