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Powder Springs bans public smoking - sometimes

Powder Springs, Ga.

I get daily updates from Google Alerts anytime Powder Springs is in the news. At last weeks city council meeting the council banned smoking on the town square at public events.

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Powder Springs limits smoking in town square

Full story: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Powder Springs City Council voted Monday to ban smoking in the town square during city-sponsored events.

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This raises several questions for me. First of all though let me say that I am a non smoker and I think cigarettes are disgusting.  

However last time I checked smoking was a legal activity....

* How will this be enforced?
* What are the penalties for lighting up? What if somebody lights up on the 4th of July and then lights up again during the Christmas celebration.  Evil second offenders
* If somebody is downtown for a parade or fireworks near the square, on a city sidewalk but not the square itself, do they pose any more or less of  a threat to the public health?
*  When I am at an event on the town square I would rather not have the smoke there, but Powder Springs like many other municipalities has budget issues and real business to attend to.  

That's just my opinion.  I welcome yours.

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Comment balloon 4 commentsBob Southard • December 14 2009 09:31AM

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Interesting.  I can't stand smoke, but I think people have the right to do so if they please.  I can understand not smoking in restaurants but banning smoking in a whole town that's certainly interesting.

Posted by David Monsour, ABR - www.realty-insights.com (Keller Williams Keystone Realty) over 8 years ago

We have a similar ban/law, something to the effect of you cant smoke within a certain distance of a building...but it is never enforced.  Seems every where you go you ending up walking through smoke to enter a store or restaurant.

Posted by Robert Frazer (Exit Realty Chesapeake Bay) over 8 years ago

I think some of these bans just go too far.  Smoking is not illegal, but they are making it illegal by all the restrictions.  I smoked for over 40years.  When I quit I still sat in a smoking section because it did not bother me.  Another issues that gets blown out of proportion.  Smokingate

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 8 years ago

Hey Bob, I am also a non-smoker but this is one of my pet peeves.  Smoking is legal.  Tobacco growing is legal.   ...and there is no one on the planet who doesn't know the dangers of smoking.  So what's the big deal?  Let's put our legislative efforts into something that matters!

Posted by Kent Anderson, from Schweitzer to the Lake (Coldwell Banker Realty-Schweitzer Mountain, Sandpoint, Idaho) over 8 years ago

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