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Smoking Still Permitted in Parks

In his weekly report, City Manager Scott Ochoa said that although city staff had proposed banning smoking from all parks, because of discussion during the last City Council meeting, staff "will drop the smoking ban in urban parks from the proposed ordinance unless and until Council expressly directs otherwise."
He said there are two sides to this philosophical argument, which are:

"'Tobacco is legal, adults have the right to use it or not, and a park is a public place.' The counter argument usually revolves around the notion that 'Your freedoms end where mine begin, and vice-versa; second-hand smoke can cause cancer; the park is open to non-smokers and smokers alike.'"


- Brad Haugaard

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