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Commission considers going smoke-free at playgounds

June 6, 2013

Warren’s Parks and Recreation Commission is considering making the city’s playgrounds smoke-free....

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guessagain

Jun-06-13 7:28 PM

How many kids are sitting with their parents around the fire pit in the back yard and how many are around the BBQ. Talk about smoke.These kids should not have to put up with that either.

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dubedit

Jun-06-13 10:48 AM

OK, we can be adversarial, or common-sense. Designate playgrounds as no-smoking areas. Designate one site at each playground as a smoking area, off in a corner, with a bench and a disposal station for butts. 95 percent of people will comply. Some smokers are also dolts, so it won't be 100 percent. No real need for enforcement unless someone is there a lot, in which case, call the cops, same as you would if they were drinking.

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25or624

Jun-06-13 9:57 AM

I'm waiting for the comment, "Yeah, another government intrusion into my rights. Now I can't smoke around my kids." To which I will offer a preemptive response: No, you can't smoke around MY kids.

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Digger

Jun-06-13 9:04 AM

First, let's look at this from a common sense position. The big question: Who's going to pay for the enforcement? Is the City serious about enforcement? Will taxes go up to pay for the extra police necessary to patrol the parks? Second, let's understand that second hand smoke is the highest danger to anyone in a CLOSED AREA. The parks are open air. If you want to save young lungs, ticket those adults who choose to smoke in their cars, or homes, with children present. While you're doing that you may want to ticket them for using the streets as their ashtrays instead of the ones in their cars. But it again comes down to one question: Are you willing to pay the costs of enforcement? I'm not. Are they next going to ban cars, because of much more poisonous exhaust gases, from driving past the parks? Again, a little common sense, please…

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FORTHEKIDS5

Jun-06-13 8:36 AM

I agree with TJR63PA-- DO IT! Not only is this healthier for the children playing there, but it also sets a good example. If you need to smoke leave the playground and then come back.

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TJR63PA

Jun-06-13 7:28 AM

Do it. Individuals have a right to smoke, but not to force that smoke on kids. I hate when I see a parent with a baby or small child in a car and the parent is smoking. Selfish, more concerned with self than health of child.

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