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(Poll) City Proposes Park Smoking Ban

Should the city ban smoking in parks and recreation areas?

The City Council recently pushed forward a proposal to ban smoking in city parks and recreation areas, excepting the Par 3 Golf Course.

Last month, the Council voted 4-1 in favor of creating an ordinance that would forbid people from lighting up in said locales; Mayor Pro Tem Bob Harbicht cast the lone dissenting vote.

The proposed ordinance will likely come before the Council for a vote in May.

The Pasadena Star-News reported Arcadia received an F grade from the American Lung Association in a 2012 report measuring performance on four tobacco control areas.

Council member Mickey Segal said the city should do better in regulating and controlling tobacco usage in order to protect citizens from dangerous secondhand smoke.

"(People) every year get lung cancer who have never smoked a cigarette in their life," he said, implying exposure to secondhand smoke may be to blame.

Harbicht said he did not believe a ban on smoking in outdoor venues such as parks would prevent people from developing lung cancer, but it would restrict their freedom.

"We're sticking our nose where it doesn't belong," Harbicht said of the proposed ban.

Tell us: What do you think? Would banning smoking in parks and recreation areas promote good health, or encroach upon the rights of individuals?

Natalie Ragus April 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Smoking should be banned in public parks/recreation areas not so much because it will make a difference in peoples' health, but because it will keep said spots cleaner. It drives me crazy when I see peoples' discarded cigarette butts littered everywhere.
Ross S. Heckmann April 04, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I support the ban. I agree very strongly with the latter part of what Natalie has said. I've had it with the littering of cigarette butts in city parks. Additionally, secondhand smoke might at times be a health problem to others when people (especially young people) are near to those who are smoking.
Linda B April 05, 2012 at 05:22 AM
I totally agree with the ban for the sake of my daughter's and my health and that of other young and elderly who are especially sensitive to second hand smoke, as well as asthmatics.
JV April 05, 2012 at 06:05 AM
I would definitely support a ban. I am surprised there is not already a ban in public places. Yesterday, my three kids and I had to walk through a cloud of smoke from a man smoking outside the entrance to the Arcadia Public Library -- gross.

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