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Raleigh Backs Off Proposed Smoking Ban in Parks

Posted April 1, 2008

— The City Council on Tuesday took a less restrictive stance on smoking in public parks than a proposed ban.

In mid-March, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board recommended that council members impose a ban to cut down on secondhand smoke and litter.

A parent's complaint about cigarette butts near the playground at Pullen Park prompted a city study that culminated in the advisory board's resolution.

Instead, the council voted to allow park managers who notice a problem with smoking and cigarette butts to request help from the city. The help would come in the form of trash receptacles for cigarette butts and signs urging people not to smoke.

Council members said they might ask state legislators next year to change the law and allow them to enact a ban.

North Carolina law requires that the General Assembly grant approval for any smoking ban before a municipality can impose one.


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  • joe41080 Apr 3, 2008

    Just ban it in bars and restaurants please!

  • nowon_yuno Apr 2, 2008


    I have been to Walnut Creek, what kind of smoke you talking about?

    BTW Camel cigarette filters are bio-degrable, so thump them where ya want!

  • HopSkipJump Apr 1, 2008

    Smoker here. An option to consider is one similar to that at Walnut Creek. They have instituted a smoke free zone on the lawn. Sure, when the wind is blowing that way, I am sure they do get a wiff of the smoke, but overall, it is a fairly smoke free outdoor environment. At parks with playgrounds a no smoking zone could be set up around the playgrounds and a percentage of picnic shelters.

    And to reitertate, dropping filters on the ground is littering. Smokers, pick up your filters!

    lol, they would not let me use the other word.

  • homerunner20000 Apr 1, 2008

    Not sure if you caught this, but the Washington Post just broke the news that the Surgeon General thinks banning smoking will cause more harm than good! Wonder who's in his pocket???
    He apparently cites a newly released five-year study by the Department of Health & Human Services, stating that the smoking ban in New York and other major U.S. cities has lowered the overall life expectancy for residents of those cities. Due to improved appetites and maladies associated with prolonged outdoor exposure, particularly in winter in the Northeast, the Centers for Disease Control report sharp increases in both obesity and pneumonia-related deaths. What a crock!

  • Travised Apr 1, 2008

    Admiral, thats one way to get them away from tobacco. Buy them a 45 ring harsh tasting american grown cigar. Thankfully kids don't know how to smoke them properly ROFL!! I'll join you on the deck with my 40 ring Dominican torpedo and enjoy the sunset.

    I said this on the earlier thread when they were first talking about the possible ban. I don't do filters. People like me (the minority group) will field strip the tobacco remaining and ball up the paper remaining to toss in the trash or my pocket. The tobacco can fall to the ground and being I have no filters there is no trash to complain about. Only reason I went this way was costs. I am not paying 40/carton when I can buy a can of rolling tobacco for about 16. One third the cost after taxes.

  • jimbo56 Apr 1, 2008

    I can't stand smoking, but even more, I can't stand a government that intrudes on peoples lives. If you want to fine people harshly for throwing their "buts" on the park ground, great. But enough is enough. If a particular park or restaurant wants to become smoke free, I may choose to patronize that establishment.

    However, I am strongly opposed to a government overstepping it's constitutional rights to enforce these laws.

    Regarding this law or any other, I believe that before any new law gets passed, someone needs to show where the constitution, Federal or state, provides for such measures.

  • TheAdmiral Apr 1, 2008

    Well, you know. No law is going to solve the problem. The fact of the matter is that I found out my grandson was smoking cigarettes with his friends.

    I bought him the biggest, nastiest cigar from the local tobacco shop and sat right in front of him while he smoked it - and I smoked mine. He turned green and puked. Guess what - he is now smoke free.

    Raising kids takes cajones. You either have them and they grow up - or you don't and they are forever 12 with a self-serving attitude.

  • joe41080 Apr 1, 2008

    Banning smoking in bars, restaurants, and parks is GOOD!

    It allows the majority of us who don't want to smell second hand smoke free to go wherever we want without smokers poisoning our body with a class A cancer causing carcinogen.

    Yes, I'm an ex-smoker, quit for 8 yrs now. I feel that every minute I'm exposed to second hand smoke is payback for the years where I was the jerk who smoked around others without a care in the world.

  • crick127 Apr 1, 2008

    TheAdmiral, to clarify what I meant to say. There are times when we need new laws, but it's also important to enforce the ones we already have in place. For example, if littering laws were enforced, then maybe there wouldn't be that many cigarette vutts laying around, then maybe people wouldn't complain as much and no one would of even though of a ban.

  • Travised Apr 1, 2008

    AMEN Isley! He is seeing reality not looking through tinted glasses.

    If you start banning ONE item from parks, that means other items MUST be banned from parks until they are just GARDENS. Do you want children banned because they are screaming? What about pets because their owners don't pick up their droppings? How far down the line is this going to tumble until you can't see clearly?