The Atlanta City Council's Community Development and Human Resources Committee voted last Tuesday to send the wide-ranging in Atlanta parks and other recreation areas to the full city council for consideration as soon as Monday.
If passed by the full council, the ban will have an impact on Atlanta's parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic areas, tennis courts, golf courses and walking trails.
An exception was approved by the committee for the , Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood and Park Tavern at Piedmont Park. the ban July 14, just in time for the BB&T Open.
Several local jurisdictions already have similar bans in place including the cities of Alpharetta, Roswell, Marietta, and Duluth, in addition to Athens-Clark, Clayton, Henry and Lumpkin counties.
The city of , however, but the council said they'll soon try to bring back a similar ban with more community input.
What do you think about the move toward a total ban on smoking, both indoors as well as outside? Is it necessary for the health of the general public or an infringement on the individual liberty of those in the community who smoke?