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Nightfall joins Riverbend, bans smoking

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CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Two weeks ago, Dorothy Caplenor tried to evade tendrils of cigarette smoke at a Friday night Nightfall concert -- even as she counted dozens of children and other pregnant women in the hazy air.

"I wasn't going to go back because you couldn't get away from it," said 33-year-old Caplenor, who is eight months pregnant. "We used to go all the time, but I think it's irresponsible to allow it in this day and age when we know how bad it is for babies and children -- and adults, for that matter."

Caplenor was thrilled to learn that Miller Plaza and Nightfall are going smoke-free beginning June 1.

The decision comes a year after Riverbend announced it would restrict smoking in certain areas at the festival. This year, Riverbend is expanding its smoke-free zones, adding additional signs and handing out cards about the zones to anyone found smoking in them.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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