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Raleigh bans smoking in city parks

Posted February 1, 2011

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— The Raleigh City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday to ban smoking in many public places in the city.

The new ordinance doesn't completely outlaw tobacco in city parks, on greenways and at city-owned venues; it only prevents people from lighting up. It also lets people smoke in city parking lots and anywhere in Nash Square and Moore Square downtown.

Receptacles for cigarette butts and "No Smoking" signs will be placed in parks and other venues.

More than three-fifths of people responding to a city survey said limits should be placed on smoking in city parks and greenways, officials said.

Councilmen John Odom and Thomas Crowder voted against the ordinance, which takes effect in July.

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.

"(The ban) will significantly reduce exposure to second-hand smoke for all park visitors," Laura Aiken, executive director of Advocates for Health in Action, said in a statement. "This change will also have the secondary benefits of reducing litter."

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  • iworkandpaytaxes Feb 3, 2011

    HITWOMAN......you're a Raleigh rodent. Stop leaving your droppings all over this beautiful city.

  • iworkandpaytaxes Feb 3, 2011

    Smokers are Raleighs rodents. They leave their "droppings" everywhere.

  • fireunclescam Feb 3, 2011

    As I recall, Hitler hated smoking and wanted to ban it in Germany.

  • tritonlm6 Feb 3, 2011

    How do you enforce something like this?

    Tell you what....I'll quit smoking in the parks when EVERYONE abides by the leash "rule" for their dogs.

  • retiredn42 Feb 2, 2011

    This is just another case of tweaking the problem to fir the solution.

  • brassy Feb 2, 2011

    Good - smokers are the WORST litterers!

  • hitwoman1965 Feb 2, 2011

    "(The ban) will significantly reduce exposure to second-hand smoke for all park visitors," Laura Aiken, executive director of Advocates for Health in Action, said in a statement. "This change will also have the secondary benefits of reducing litter."

    read again iwork litter is secondary not the main purpose i guess you never littered in your life not a bottle paper anything maybe chewing gum i rather step on a cigarette filter then someones nasty gum that sticks to my shoe and i have to clean up how manys filters stuck to your shoes and you clean off i say ban chewing gum and spitting it on park grounds

  • shortcake53 Feb 2, 2011

    So much for "liberty and justice for all".

  • genralwayne Feb 2, 2011

    Take a second to drop Councilman Odom and Crowder an email thanking them for standing firm against this ridiculous insult to common sense.

    john.odom@raleighnc.gov
    thomas.crowder@raleighnc.gov

    Then, send emails to the six who voted to pass this atrocity and remind them that Prohibition taught us, as a nation, that we cannot legislate common sense and basic courtesy without trampling on individual rights!

    charles.meeker@raleighnc.gov
    nancy.mcfarlane@raleighnc.gov
    eugene.weeks@raleighnc.gov
    bonner.gaylord@raleighnc.gov
    mary-ann.baldwin@raleighnc.gov
    russ.stephenson@raleighnc.gov

  • iworkandpaytaxes Feb 2, 2011

    CWOOD................. when are you going to get the religious right to come off the no alcohol sales before noon on Sunday? Its too bad we had to sneak the lottery vote passed them. You sure you like freedom? i only hear you cry about the "other side". Its funny a right taken away from "your side" is ok. LOL at you people!

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