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Is Another Smoking Ban Needed?

Would you support a proposed law to ban smoking at Suffolk County parks?

If approved, this month would ban smoking at all county-owned or operated parks and beaches. 

Spencer says with spring in full bloom and summer approaching, families should be able to have a healthy, tobacco-free experience at county parks.

According to the bill, the county smoking ban would apparently provide residents with the highest levels of protection from secondhand smoke and help to preserve park cleanliness.

Mike May 21, 2012 at 05:03 PM
As a Suffolk County resident, father of 2 kids, and a Vice President for Public Policy & Communications at the American Lung Association, I strongly support making Suffolk's parks and beaches smokefree. Our parks are places where families recreate, and we should have the right to breathe smokefree air. Cities like NYC & Boston have already made their parks smokefree, its time for Long Islanders to also enjoy healthier air. Thanks to Legislator Spencer for introducing this bill!
Audrey Silk May 22, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Simon Chapman is a leading figure in tobacco control and Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney, Australia, who strongly support[s] smoke-ban policies indoors: "To me, 'going too far' in [secondhand smoke] policy means efforts premised on reducing harm to others, which ban smoking in outdoor settings such as ships’ decks, parks, golf courses, beaches, outdoor parking lots, hospital gardens, and streets. "[W]hile tobacco smoke has its own range of recognisable smells, there are few differences between the physics and chemistry of tobacco smoke and smoke generated by the incomplete combustion of any biomass, whether it be eucalyptus leaves, campfire logs, gasoline, or meat on a barbeque. Secondhand smoke is not so uniquely noxious that it justifies extraordinary controls of such stringency that zero tolerance outdoors is the only acceptable policy." -- Going Too Far? Exploring the Limits of Smoking Regulation, William Mitchell Law Review, October 23, 2007 http://publichealthlawcenter.org/sites/default/files/resources/tclc-symposium-law-review.pdf And then there's Bloomberg, who unwittingly slashed his own throat with this correct assessment about a recent large compost fire in Staten Island's Fresh Kills landfill: “There’s no health issues here, you have fires all the time, smoke goes off into the air,” Bloomberg said. Exactly. And as Chapman said, there's no chemical difference. The only difference is emotion: hate.
Free 2B Me May 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM
I do not want my personal space to be invaded with cigarette smoke. The right that needs to be protected is not that of the smoker, but of everyone else around. Don't play your music on a boom box, don't throw your trash on the ground, and don't smoke in public places. This is a no brainer. Afterall, I am a smoke free Free 2B... me.
FYI May 24, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Excellent post! Finally a voice of reason with data to back it up! And I don't even smoke any longer.
FYI May 24, 2012 at 08:39 PM
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