For Immediate Release: May 1, 2007
Senator Cliff Branan
Ban on Smoking at Zoos to Become Law
Calling it good news for Oklahoma children, Sen.
Cliff Branan said he was extremely pleased that Gov. Brad Henry
had signed Senate Bill 473, a measure to ban smoking at zoos
located in Oklahoma.
“There are literally hundreds of thousands of children
who visit the Oklahoma City and Tulsa zoos each and every year,”
said Branan, R-Oklahoma City. “We would be shocked if
these children were being exposed to cigarette smoke in their
classrooms at school, but in reality, zoos are an outdoor classroom.
We need to ensure our kids’ health and safety there as
Branan said SB 473 closes a loophole in the state law banning
smoking in public places.
“The way the current law is worded, it only covers indoor
spaces,” Branan said. “What we’ve done is
extend that ban to all spaces in our zoos, including indoor
buildings and outdoor areas. This law will not impact any other
The senator said while the new law would create a healthier
environment for both children and adults visiting zoos, it would
also create a safer environment for the animals because cigarette
butts sometimes end up in exhibit spaces.
SB 473 takes effect on November 1, 2007.
For more information contact:
Senator Branan's Office: (405) 521-5543