Should Cobb Adopt Outdoor Smoking Ban?

The City of Atlanta has approved an outdoor ban on smoking. What do you think? Is this the right thing to do or an infringement on personal liberties?

Atlanta is one step closer to having smoke-free parks and recreational areas. First, , and on Monday night, The Atlanta City Council passed 11-1 a wide-ranging in Atlanta parks and other recreation areas.

If passed by Mayor Kasim Reed, the ban will have an impact on Atlanta's parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic areas, tennis courts, golf courses and walking trails.

In February, Cobb considered , which was proposed by South Cobb Commissioner Woody Thompson.

He said he got the idea after visiting the

Thompson did express concern about how the smoking ban, once in place, could be effectively enforced.

Cobb County Parks Director Eddie Canon conducted a survey of about 60 groups who use the county's parks and recreational facilities to gauge support for the smoking ban.

Thompson said the majority of responses were supportive, however, there were some individuals who felt the ban would infringe on their rights.

"The people who are adamant are the people who have the addiction, I guess," Thompson said.

One Cobb citizen said the ban targets the rights of a specific population.

"The move to ban smoking in Cobb County parks is a move toward reducing the rights of a segment of our population," wrote Pete Borden, an East Cobb masonry contractor, in the Marietta Daily Journal.

What do you think about the move toward a total ban on smoking, both indoors as well as outside? Tell us below in the comments.

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GaPatriot July 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Cobb County needs to ban outdoor burning first. When people burn leaves and grasses, the smoke is overwhelming and travels for miles. It aggravates asthma and other respiratory problems even for people traveling in the cars nearby. Cigarette smoking is hardly offensive compared to outdoor bonfires.
Terry July 21, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Well said GaPatriot! I'm just sick and tired of government putting their nose into so many peoples rights to be free!?!?!?
Marie Fievet July 21, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Absolutely - smoking should be banned anywhere that it affects non-smokers. Nothing worse than some idiot standing at a front door and polluting the air I must walk through. Or the other cretin who barely exits the door and lights up so that all the smoke hits me immediately. I don't smoke for health reasons and I object to anyone who says that it is his/her right to create a sitatution that is unhealthy and uncomfortable for me. If they're so addicted, they can go sit in their cars and puff all they like - just do not pollute the air I breathe.
James Hobson July 21, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I think that this is an objective viewpoint: Smoking is legal, as is drinking alcohol. There is a precedence for "not drinking in public". Any area that is government owned is subject to government rules. If "annoying" is a factor, then anyone could create a long list of things that should be banned . . . sagging, loud bass car audio, etc. I think a PROVEN safety factor has to be well established before a legal activity should be attacked. (And yes, I personally detest smoking) Outdoor burning? Again, if there are no PROVEN health risks then how can one argue to ban this? I find it interesting that people become soobsesses with wanting to address/control "viewable problems" yet seem to be quite tolerant of government corruption, border violence, massive invasion by drug cartels, and loss of so many personal freedoms.
ken taylor July 22, 2012 at 08:01 PM
we loose all rights one at a time for people who think only of themselfs and do not care for others they still have the right to choose were they go that is for now.


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