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No-smoking in city parks now the law

October 26, 2013

Playgrounds throughout the City of Warren are now smoke free areas, even if there are no plans in place to enforce the regulation....

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Nov-01-13 10:01 AM

As a former smoker, I feel that this is a reasonable rule to have in place. My reasoning goes back to a question I have asked myself many many times over the years even when I was smoking. Would I have been as likely to consider smoking if I hadn't been exposed to so many adults and older kids smoking as I was when I was a kid? Not saying that every kid who see someone smoking is going to pickup the habit, just in my case with the way my brain is wired, I've wondered if I would have had a better chance of not starting in the first place if that example hadn't been so prominent in my life as a kid. I haven't smoked in about 4 or 5 years now, but even when I did smoke, I tried to be aware of who was around when I was smoking and generally wouldn't lightup if there were kids in the area because I didn't want to be the one who set that example for them, because of my own question about my own experiences.

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Oct-28-13 10:34 PM

MyOpinion, it's great that you were able to quit smoking. I am not at all liberal however as a parent I have an interest in the health and safety of my children. I believe people are entitled to their freedoms within reason when they infringe on the freedom of others. 30 years ago the hazards of smoking were not as apparent as they are now. I don't think that it's unreasonable to ask that someone smoking sit on a bench next to the play ground as opposed to the swing next to my kids. Why should the freedom of someone smoking a cigarette trump that of kids on a playground? We aren't talking about a bar or sidewalk. We are talking about children's areas of parks. Protecting kids. How you can put a spin on that and feel good about it is beyond me.

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Oct-28-13 11:51 AM

It's simple. Keep your filthy habit out of public places. Smoke in hiding like other addicts do.

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Oct-27-13 12:03 AM

MaryAnnO, I quit smoking over 30 years ago. It was my choice. You are right, we should be considerate of others. What you mean is the liberal attitude: I don't do it so no one else should. No one should have a choice it should be MaryAnnO's way or no way. I am so sick and tired of the liberals doing their best to make everyone's choices for them. Yes MaryAnnO, YOU should consider others. You and the council could do that by minding your own business.

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Oct-26-13 12:01 PM

I think with some reasonable boundaries this is positive. When I take my young kids to the play ground, it's frustrating to see older kids or parents on the play ground smoking. I don't have a problem with it if they are sitting on the provided benches. Just not where my child may run past the smoke or brush a lit cigarette. I have seen plenty of parents handling their kids with a lit cigarette. I think it's just a habit that sometimes people don't consider what they are doing. It's not unreasonable to ask people not to smoke for a half hour while they play on the play ground. We have gotten away from being considerate of others. It seems if there isn't some kind of regulation people don't use their heads. It's too bad that the council members can't see any value in this law.

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Oct-26-13 11:07 AM

Put up "Smoking Area ------>" signs. Just a few. Leave it to people to remind people.

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Oct-26-13 9:35 AM

Well at least 3 have them had some common sense and voted against this no brainier.

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Oct-26-13 9:10 AM

Remember these stupid things come Election Day! Vote these fools out! One has to ask what they smoke at their meetings to come up with some of this stuff!

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