DEARBORN (WWJ/AP) – The city of Dearborn has postponed a decision on whether to ban smoking in all of its public parks because of health concerns.

The City Council was expected to vote on the ban Tuesday night, but the decision was put on hold because too many residents said the planned measure was too intrusive. Instead, the proposal has been referred to the city’s recreation committee for a vote in August.

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The proposed ordinance would cover all of the city’s 43 parks, but council members said the ban might only be recommended for smaller parks. Mayor Jack O’Reilly said it’s all part of a plan to promote healthier living.

The issue has prompted a debate among council members and residents, with some calling for only a partial ban and others saying that it would be unfair to make exceptions.

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