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Wake Forest bans smoking in parks, greenways

Posted September 11, 2011

Just a quick note to share that the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners recently approved a smoking ban in all town parks and greenways, except in specifically designated areas.

Wake Forest joins a growing number of communities that have forbidden smoking in public parks. Raleigh banned smoking in parks earlier this year. The smoking ban in Wake Forest is designed to help curb exposure to secondhand smoke and reduce litter, according to a press release.

The ban takes place immediately and includes a possible $50 fine. Signs will be posted throughout the town’s parks and greenways informing visitors about the new ordinance.

According to the release: "Enforcement will take the form of requesting voluntary compliance. However, if a smoker does not extinguish a smoking product, park staff will remind them of the new policy and could request exiting the property if they choose to continue smoking."

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  • Alex25 Sep 12, 5:58 p.m.

    NANNY STATISM..........birth to death Govt telling you / us what to do.

    Wake up!

  • Alex25 Sep 12, 5:57 p.m.

    "Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and a number of health conditions, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and respiratory infections, in children.3" http://www.cdc.gov/datastatistics/archive/second-hand-smoke.html
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    Again, please cite a randomized, controlled, cross-over, placebo PROSPECTIVE study to this effect. You can't. Nobody can.

    This is retrospective analysis.

  • egwralcom Sep 12, 2:10 p.m.

    I applaud the effort, but I doubt it will have any effect. Where I work, the campus is smoke-free except in designated areas, yet I still end up choking behind people who light up walking down the sidewalk. Recently at a waterpark, supposedly smoke-free, someone lit up right behind me, and unfortunately the wind was blowing my way.

    I'm not concerned about the cancer potential of second-hand smoke. It's the asthma attacks that it triggers that bothers me. Almost every time I have had to use my inhaler these past few years, it has been due to taking a deep breath of cigarette smoke before I had realized it was there.

    When I enter a place where I know there is smoke (before smoking in restaurants got banned), I would almost unconsciously start breathing a lot shallower. When I encounter an unexpected cloud of smoke, I often get a deep breath of it and then end up coughing and wheezing for the next 10-15 minutes.

  • mrsgaskill Sep 12, 11:28 a.m.

    They can staple signs to the foreheads of smokers - they won't care and will in all likelihood still smoke. Rules don't apply to them. Our community pool has a no smoking policy (due to kids smoking in the bathroom and catching it on fire) and over the weekend a group of middle aged adults sat at a table between 2 very visible NO SMOKING signs and puffed away all day. Good luck enforcing this Wake Forest!

  • solarflare40 Sep 12, 11:12 a.m.

    RE: "Hey how about we ban fat people also. Studies show that will overtake smoking as the next big cause of medical problems. "

    You can't compare fatness to smoking. One person's fatness has NO effect on someone near them, whereas a person smoking near others absolutely has negative effects on the people around them.

    RE: "Not one prospective, randomized study indicates second hand smoke is a problem. Not one."

    Umm, except the studies by the CDC that show the following:

    "Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmoking adults and a number of health conditions, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and respiratory infections, in children.3" http://www.cdc.gov/datastatistics/archive/second-hand-smoke.html

  • kermit60 Sep 12, 10:01 a.m.

    Hey how about we ban fat people also. Studies show that will overtake smoking as the next big cause of medical problems. Don't forget bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades kids could fall and get hurt. Take out all the benches, people need to exercise more, just sitting around is bad for your health. Oh, don't forget to stop subsidies to tobacco farmers when they have a bad crop. Our country, state and communities are going to an economic sewer and the best you can come up with is to ban smoking in the park. By the way, NO I don't smoke.

  • Alex25 Sep 11, 9:37 p.m.

    Not one prospective, randomized study indicates second hand smoke is a problem. Not one.

    Political Correctness Nonsense...

  • Alex25 Sep 11, 8:42 p.m.

    STUPID abuse of Govt's role in a Free Society. WOW........wake up....