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Banning Smoking from Beaches/Parks?

With each inhale and exhale of the otherwise legal substance, a smoker is lowering their life expectancy by seven minutes. Now while that number may not be a lot in small numbers, it can and will add up over time. Due to the additional dangerous nature of second hand smoke, states country-wide have banned smoking in public areas such as restaurants, buses, subway trains, etc. However, where does the limitations end?

New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is in agreement to a new notion to also ban smoking from open areas in New York City such as beaches and parks. While I agree with the laws against smoking in enclosed areas, why are smokers now being threatened in public and open areas? Central park is 843 acres in size, surely the smoke from one cigarette (or even hundreds) isn’t a harmful threat to anyone within the area. Stay upwind for Christ sake!

I just think this is ridiculous. Surely the toxic fumes from an exhaust pipe of a semi-truck is more detrimental to our environment than the cigarette of one person in open air. We need to remember that this is a LEGAL substance, and everyone has a right to smoke where they want in public areas, and within their home. What is next? Are you going to claim a parent unfit of raising their children if the home they are raising them in is not smoke-free? Are you going to mandate smokers to place a smoke sign on their door to warn those who enter it? Are you going to give people the right to turn away smokers form their establishments if their clothes smell like cigarette smoke? Are you going to ban a person from smoking in their car if their car window is open? What about a radius ban, keeping smokers a minimum of 10 feet away from establishments, children, non-smokers, pets? This is open air, flowing around constantly. What if a smoker was to take a step outside the park, would that be okay? Am I getting the point across with how asinine this notion sounds? I hope so.

What are your opinions about this? Are you a smoker or not? How honest can you be and what is your HONEST FACTOR?

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  1. MelbourneMobster
    August 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I guess you make a good point. When will it stop? You bring up great points of how far it CAN go, ridiculous as they are.

  2. Anonymous
    August 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    this is ridiculous, people should quit anyway, but they should quit on their own time not because the government is making it progressively more difficult to smoke. (i.e. prices, location)

  3. Yoshi
    August 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Its a disgusting habit that I don’t want my children to be around. Beaches are usually in close proximity and I’d hate to be on the downwind of a smoker who should be killing themselves elsewhere!

  4. Luigi
    August 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

    While I do agree with you, I also don’t. I can’t stand the smell of second hand smoke and I’m around it on a daily basis. The beach is a place where lots of family bring their kids to have a fun day in the sun. What is stopping someone from sitting right next to them on a busy day who just so happens to be a chain smoker? Surely they are allowed to be there and smoke, but is it fair for the family and their kids to have to inhale the second hand smoke just because there may not be any other places to sit?

    I think they should have specified smoking areas on the beaches, similar to the “smoke rooms” that are in airports.

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