Our Opinion: Where there’s smoke…

“It is now illegal to use tobacco products in any city park — even if you’ve reserved a pavilion.”

The opening sentence to Tuesday’s front page article, “City Council: Tobacco use illegal in city parks.”

Judging by a few comments on social media, or specifically, our posted story, some aren’t too happy about it.

Our response to that? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Smoking is an ugly, dirty, harmful habit — and that’s not our opinion — it’s a proven fact.

“Every year, (according to medicalnewstoday.com) more than 480,000 people die in the United States (U.S.) due to tobacco-related diseases. That is around 1 in 5 of all deaths in the U.S. annually. It is estimated that 1 in 2 smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.”

But, wait, you already know that. Don’t you?

“Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy.”

This is written on a pack of cigarettes.

Okay, so not to talk down to smokers. We get it… smoking is addictive. Or you just plain like it. People have rights… Right?

We are talking about city parks here, ladies and gentlemen. Where kids play on playgrounds…

Are we missing something here?

Isn’t there another place you can smoke? Or chew tobacco? Or vape? Or do things that are generally unhealthy… around children and non-smoking adults?

Is it your right to blow second-hand smoke in our faces? My kids’ faces?

Look, we aren’t trying to belittle all smokers here. There were a couple of comments from smokers who sincerely understand that second-hand smoke, not only bothers people nearby, and that it’s rude to smoke in a crowd, but that it’s harmful to our health. If you want to smoke, smoke.

Somewhere else.

What we are trying to say is “Good work, City Council,” and we hope city police enforce the ordinance.

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