City of Smyrna considering a smoking ban
by Nikki Wiley
March 04, 2014 04:00 AM | 3923 views | 3 3 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — Elected officials are eyeing a ban on smoking in Smyrna’s city parks.

City Council heard a draft ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city parks for the first time Monday night at a work session prior to its regular meeting.

City Administrator Eric Taylor said the request for the ban came from a Smyrna resident who became bothered by second-hand smoke in public parks.

The proposal Smyrna is considering doesn’t reach as far as an ordinance that was brought up in Kennesaw last fall banning smoking in all forms — cigars, cigarettes, pipes and e-cigarettes — on all city property as well as on street corners, bars, privately owned playgrounds, places of employment and other private property.

Kennesaw’s local government experienced a backlash from some residents who saw the ban as government overreach, and the proposed ordinance died.

Marietta also bans smoking in city parks. In Powder Springs, smoking is banned during city events. Acworth does not have an ordinance pertaining to smoking on city property.

Smyrna Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz says she gets calls from residents who are concerned about smoke in city parks on a regular basis.

“A lot of cities around the metro area have already done this,” Anulewicz said, noting Smyrna’s talks are still preliminary.

Smyrna Councilman Wade Lnenicka said the council has had some general discussions about designating smoke-free areas in the past but has never addressed a ban on city property.

He said he’s looking to have a discussion in the coming weeks about what Smyrna residents want to see.

“I think smoking is a deadly habit,” Lnenicka said, adding his mother smoked until she quit cold turkey 30 years ago.

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Tony L
March 25, 2014
Currently, smokers outside the entrance of restaurants make the places unappetizing for individuals and families. Smoking should be banned in all bars and restaurants. The current no smoking laws are a joke like saying someone is half pregnant.
Rick Z
March 04, 2014
I think an outdoor parks smoking ban is needed less than one covering bars and restaurants. I was at one of the Village Green bars last night and this morning my clothes reeked of the smoke.

One time I would definitely agree with a parks smoking ban, though, would be for festivals/events that draw concentrated crowds, rather than the usual dispersed park users.
March 09, 2014
Can't drink in public , can't smoking public, soon I won't be able to stand in a park and fart without some soccer mom complaining. This used to be a free country. I think people should be able to smoke and or drink in public. Most places in Europe and Japan you can drink and smoke outside. Why not here? Freedom is a dead word.
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