Monday, August 21, 2006

Smokin'

Last Thursday was the first day of the city's new law banning smoking at beaches and parks. This includes Ocean Beach, Mission Beach (you can still smoke on some of the paved walkways near the beach), Balboa Park, and 3 of our golf courses. The first time you are caught by a police officer, a park ranger, or a lifeguard the fine is $250. What do you think about having a ban on smoking outdoors in your city?

6 Comments:

Blogger Marie McC said...

Smokers drop their butts everywhere. Those butts do not biodegrade. So it's a good idea, in order to keep the beaches and parks cleaner.

Tue Aug 22, 05:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Aaron G said...

Queensland (Australia) just introduced tough new laws on smoking.

Tue Aug 22, 04:00:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous anne said...

I agree with this ban! We have a similar law here...no smoking in public places, but I don't see it being enforced though. Would have been good if there actually people getting fined. Hope yours will work fine :)

Tue Aug 22, 05:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger luggi said...

It's OK. But what about emissions from Hummers, SUVs, and the like? These are more harmful than people puffing on a pipe or cigarette.

Wed Aug 23, 08:53:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rodney said...

I think we should limit smoking but banning smoking before emissions from SUVs and Factories are limited? We are a land of contradictions but at least it's a start.

Thu Aug 24, 08:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kim said...

I think the beach ban has more to do with butts than with second-hand smoke. Seattle just banned indoor smoking in restaurants and bars last Decemeber. Having come from No. California where a similar ban went into effect in the 1980s, it was a relief to me to not have to face "smoking or non smoking" sections. We always get a wake-up call when we travel because we forget there are smokers until we arrive somewhere where there isn't a restriction in place. It seemed Paris was a smoker's paradise. . .
-Kim

Thu Aug 24, 12:39:00 PM PDT  

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