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SEATTLE, Wash. - A ban on smoking in Seattle parks takes effect April 1.
     
Parks Superintendent Timothy Gallagher announced the ban Wednesday as a health measure to protect people from second hand smoke.
     
The parks department says Gallagher has the authority to ban smoking on his own, despite a recommendation last week from the Board of Park Commissioners against a smoking ban.
     
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