Atlanta Considers Outdoor Smoking Ban

The city of Atlanta is expected to vote this week on an outdoor ban on smoking. What do you think? Is this the right thing to do or an infringement on personal liberties?

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?

Chuck Snow July 16, 2012 at 04:30 PM
.I can remember sitting in the dugout when I played little league baseball smelling the smoke from our coaches smokes and wishing he'd take it somewhere else. I can't blame my smoking on them or my parents who both smoked. I realise that smoking was more acceptable in those days even the teachers had a smoking room as did most of the theaters. I believe there should be a smoking ban in all public places, ,,, Why should I or my grandchildren be forced to change our lifestyle to protect ourselves from second hand smoke. I believe that we have the right to protect ourselves from the harmful second hand smoke by whatever means are available. I see this ban as the right thing to do, why should we subject our children to the harmful effects of second hand smoke. Secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a branch of the World Health Organization. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer. Even small amounts of exposure to secondhand smoke can negatively impact the cardiovascular health of children, new research confirms. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/TobaccoCancer/secondhand-smoke


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