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Raleigh council moving toward park smoking ban

Posted January 18, 2011

— The Raleigh City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to develop a smoking ordinance for most public places in the city.

Once crafted, the proposed ordinance will return to the council for a vote.

The council had been expected to discuss a ban on smoking in city parks. The city's Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board has worked in recent weeks address concerns about such a ban, including determining the cost of installing "No Smoking" signs and possible punishments for violating the ban.

Instead, the council asked City Attorney Tom McCormick to draft an ordinance that would apply only to smoking, not to other tobacco products. The law also would allow people to smoke in parking lots at city parks and venues and anywhere in Nash Square and Moore Square downtown.

Receptacles for cigarette butts and "No Smoking" signs would be placed in parks and other venues, under the proposal.

Councilmen John Odom and Thomas Crowder voted against the proposal.

Raleigh tried to ban smoking in some parks three years ago, but the city lacked the legal authority to do so at the time. A year-old state law that bans smoking in indoor workplaces now allows local governments to ban smoking in public places.


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  • beachboater Jan 18, 2011

    They should probably do away with parking lots, and streets around the parks as well. No need for the kiddies to inhale those exhaust fumes. Full of carbon monoxide. Bad stuff.

  • jhilfiker2001 Jan 18, 2011

    they are really good at wasting time

  • Alex25 Jan 18, 2011

    If tobacco is legal (and it is!!), then there is NOTHING to be done........(hate smoke, but love freedom).

  • dwntwnboy Jan 18, 2011

    "Any product that addicts people to it and is either a direct or indirect cause of killing many, does not belong in the marketplace."- ok, so you are for Prohibition again, closing down all fast food places, Starbucks has got to go too- caffine is addictive. Get over yourselves. It's OUTSIDE!!!! If ANYTHING, they should make a No Smoking area around the childrens play equipment ONLY. Let the adults engage in ADULT activities in the park THEY pay for.

  • rhess2 Jan 18, 2011

    The Raleigh City Council vote today to develop a non smoking ordinance for public places is positive. There is no dispute that smoking is a major health hazard. As far as I'm concerned tobacco products should be banned from the face of the earth. I'm not sure those farmers still growing tobacco would agree. Any product that addicts people to it and is either a direct or indirect cause of killing many, does not belong in the marketplace. People that don't smoke in parks are exposed to second hand smoke which has been proven to be just as dangerous. Smokers may feel their rights are being violated if such an ordinance passes, but what about the rights of non smokers.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jan 18, 2011

    Love it!! No smoking in public!!!

    GIT 'R DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jcd241959 Jan 18, 2011

    Is this ralees biggest problem!

  • worldclasscoach Jan 18, 2011

    I'm a recent Throat cancer survivor, quit smoking in 1993 but still ended up with cancer almost 16 years later, smoking KILLS, period. I hate smelling/breathing other people's smoke anywhere...it sickens me physically so I'm in total support of this and any other stop smoking method/law.

  • oleguy Jan 18, 2011

    The state Gov. is wasting money they dont have, talking about a law they cant inforce,,, Why dont they spend time cutting cost.
    They are a waste of good air

  • Dark_Horse Jan 18, 2011

    So you can't smoke OUTSIDE? I'm not even a smoker and I think that is a little too much.