The Duluth City Council voted 6-3 to ban smoking on the popular Lakewalk and in Lake Place or Leif Erikson parks.

The new law forbids the smoking of tobacco or other substances within 6 feet of the path or parks and goes into effect in about a month.

Laws like this are usually well intentioned but often go unenforced as police are  busy handling real problems and crimes, but there is a chance that the threat of a fine may help the problem of the nasty smoke and the garbage left behind.