I have to say that this will be a great thing for the city if the Marietta City Council decides to vote for a permanent smoking ban in Glover Park (downtown Marietta). The cigar smoke from some cheap cigars that someone was smoking was terrible at the last concert I attended. Why should I have to inhale someone else’s second and smoke, or why should my kids have to for that matter?
Currently, both the city and county only ban smoking in government buildings, officials said. Rich Buss, the city’s parks director, said smoking is also prohibited in restaurants in compliance with the Georgia Smokefree Air Act of 2005, but there are a few exceptions. For example, smoking is allowed if a bar or restaurant denies access to employees and customers younger than 18 or if it has a private, enclosed room with a separate air handling system independent of the main one.
In reading the excerpt from the MDJ article about the subject, Councilman the Rev. Anthony Coleman said he is concerned about setting a precedent for banning smoking at other city parks.
“Even though I don’t smoke, they have a right to smoke. They do have a right and it is a public park,” Coleman said.
While I personally agree someone should have the right to do whatever they want, I also don’t think my health should be compromised by their decision – how is that fair to folks that don’t want to pollute their lungs?
Councilman Chalfant is in support of banning smoking in all public parks in the City of Marietta. Some other Georgia City governments also prohibit smoking in public parks. These include Clayton, Tift and Henry counties as well as the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority, and the city of Gainesville, Ga.