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Ban Smoking in Decatur Parks?

The City of Atlanta and other towns have already taken this step.

On Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance that bans smoking in city parks.

Violators of the ordinance, which awaits Mayor Kasim Reed's signature, face fines of up to $1,000. The legislation exempts city-owned proprerties that are under lease agreements with private vendors, such as the Chastain Amphitheater.

Other cities and even some counties have already taken this step.

Patch asked Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss about smoking in parks, and she replied:

"Smoking is not allowed during City of Decatur events and activities as an administrative rule of the Active Living Department. The City has not adopted an all-out ban in parks/public spaces but several City Commissioners have brought it up and I expect it will continue to be a topic of conversation and likely something that will be considered."

Do you think Decatur should take this step and ban smoking in parks? Should Decatur ban smoking in all public places, even sidewalks?

Maureen July 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Yes, it should be banned in all public places including sidewalks! If someone wants to smoke in their home or car, more power to them destroying their health. But please don't subject me to seconf hand smoke!
bulldogger July 20, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Well, first we ban Bicycles and Skateboards from being used downtown and now our concerned city leaders want to ban smoking in open places. What's next, banning cars from entering the public parks parking areas.....you know, the exhaust fumes are much more harmful than second-hand smoke.....and let's don't stop there, let's ban all gasoline powered vehicles from downtown.......cough, cough, the fumes are killing me......you get my drift? Where are we gonna stop? You know, I object to parents bringing their crying babies in the restaurant while I'm trying to eat.....are we gonna ban them.....all the screaming is ruining what little is left of my hearing!!!!!!!! Common sense here, folks......let's use some of it. BTW, I don't smoke.

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