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City of Smyrna to Consider Smoking Ban Monday Night

Council reportedly will vote on banning smoking in Smyrna’s city parks during its regularly scheduled council meeting.

Currently smoking is prohibited inside City buildings and at City-sponsored events. Credit: Patch file
Currently smoking is prohibited inside City buildings and at City-sponsored events. Credit: Patch file
Update: 9:20 a.m.:

The agenda is now posted on the city's website. It is posted at the end of this article.

Original story:

The Smyrna City Council is expected Monday night to vote on banning smoking in Smyrna’s city parks.

As of Monday morning, the agenda for the council meeting had yet to be posted on the city's website.

But Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz told Patch late last week that it was expected to be on the agenda. Two weeks ago, the council heard a draft ordinance that would prohibit smoking in Jonquil City parks.

Currently smoking is prohibited inside City buildings and at City-sponsored events. If the ordinance is approved, it would make smoking a no-no at youth sporting events in city parks.

“This is really a citizen-led effort,” Anulewicz said. “This will now prohibit people from being able to smoke on the sidelines of youth football and soccer games for example.”

If approved, the ban would take effect in approximately 30 days according to the councilwoman.

The City will be broadcasting Monday evening's city council meeting online. The meeting is also broadcast on Channel 19 on Charter Cable.

If you are unable to attend the meeting or cannot watch it on Channel 19, please follow this link to watch the proceedings live as they happen.

Monday night's meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the City of Smyrna Council Chambers located at 2800 King Street. Here is the agenda:

Call to Order

1. Invocation and Pledge: Pastor Phil Manginelli, Church at The Square (4128 Charleston Trail SE)

2. Agenda Changes:

3. Mayoral Report:

4. Land Issues/Zonings/Annexations:

A. 2014 054 Public Hearing Zoning Request Z14 007 Approval of a zoning amendment to modify zoning condition #1 of Z13 008 1.35 Acre Tract Land Lot 593 1523 and 1531 Spring Street JWB Properties, LLC

B. 2014 055 Public Hearing Zoning Request Z14 005 Rezoning from RM 10 to RAD Conditional 0.36 Acre Tract Land Lot 593 1607 Walker Street Junger Homes, LLC

5. Privilege Licenses:

6. Formal business:

A. 2014 064 Approval of Ward 5 appointment to the Parks & Recreation board, Erik Fernald term to expire 12/31/2015

B. 2014 056 Approval of a name change for the Aventine at Vinings apartment community to Rock Creek at Vinings

C. ORD2014 03 Approve the amendment to the City of Smyrna 's Code of Ordinance Chapter 46 entitled Environment to include Section 46 8 which prohibits smoking within all City owned facilities and parks properties

D. ORD2014 04 Approval of amendment to Chapter 70, Article I Section 70 2(a) of the City of Smyrna 's Code of Ordinances prohibiting alcoholic beverages at city parks with the exception of Closed Functions and City Sanctioned Events within the Smyrna Market Village Village Green area and Taylor Brawner Park.

7. Commercial Building Permits:

8. Consent Agenda:

A. 2014 060 Approval of March 3, 2014 Mayor & Council Meeting Minutes

B. 2014 057 Approval to use Council Chambers on March 19, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for the annual Oakridge Estates HOA Meeting

9. Committee Reports:

10. Show Cause Hearings:

11. Citizen Input:

12. Adjournment:

Marley Kramer March 20, 2014 at 01:07 AM
I hope that ban also includes eCigarettes, those drug delivery devices that "vape" nicotine into the smoker's lungs and exhale a vapor. Since nicotine is a chemical substance (drug) derived from tobacco, it should be treated the same way as other tobacco devices. And since nicotine is a drug, and eCigarettes a drug delivery device, it too should be banned.

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