Atlanta is one step closer to having smoke-free parks and recreational areas. First, Atlantic Station adopted a smoking ban, and on Monday night, The Atlanta City Council passed 11-1 a wide-ranging ban on smoking in Atlanta parks and other recreation areas.
If passed by Mayor Kasim Reed, the ban will have an impact on Atlanta's parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic areas, tennis courts, golf courses and walking trails.
In February, Cobb considered a similar ban, which was proposed by South Cobb Commissioner Woody Thompson.
He said he got the idea after visiting the tobacco-free premises of Wellstar Cobb Hospital.
Thompson did express concern about how the smoking ban, once in place, could be effectively enforced.
Cobb County Parks Director Eddie Canon conducted a survey of about 60 groups who use the county's parks and recreational facilities to gauge support for the smoking ban.
Thompson said the majority of responses were supportive, however, there were some individuals who felt the ban would infringe on their rights.
"The people who are adamant are the people who have the addiction, I guess," Thompson said.
One Cobb citizen said the ban targets the rights of a specific population.
"The move to ban smoking in Cobb County parks is a move toward reducing the rights of a segment of our population," wrote Pete Borden, an East Cobb masonry contractor, in the Marietta Daily Journal.
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