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    No smoking? Only if rules are enforced

    Christopher serra for the boston globe

    I read with much amusement the article about the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission approving a smoking ban in city-run parks. It is a good thing. I have given up going to Shakespeare on the Common, for example, because a cigar smoker would invariably be sitting nearby.

    To be effective, a ban requires enforcement. In a similar situation, the MBTA posts signs in all of its bus and subway waiting areas indicating the general laws prohibit smoking in those locations, yet people often smoke directly under one of the signs at the Davis Square bus waiting area without any T employee giving the violation a second thought. I also have smelled tobacco smoke downstairs at Park Street on the outbound side of the tracks nearly every time I have entered that area. Why should we expect the Boston Police to provide better enforcement in parks?

    Ken Westhassel