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Board to Consider Ban on Smoking, Spitting in Seattle Parks


Offbeat  (tags: smoking ban, parks, unfair, outdoors, government )

Lone
- 1708 days ago - seattletimes.nwsource.com
No spitting. No smoking. No sex. The list of rules in Seattle parks may be about to grow. A proposed ban on spitting in parks -- one of 13 behaviors Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to regulate, including a ban on smoking on its grounds -- already



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Lone Wolf (1399)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 7:04 am
i think since even the smokers pay for the parks and it's outside, they should be aloud to smoke, if not then the smokers shouldn't have to pay taxes on the parks, why not ban chewing gum, it's a dirty habit when you're done chewing it goes on the sidewalk and on the shoes of other people, track it into your car or house and make a mess. after all smoker's have rights also, for now anyway, smoker's are going need to stand up for there rights
 

Kristi K. (2036)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:24 am
It will reach a point where smoking is only permitted in your own home and that is only if you don't rent it. Apartments will soon outlaw smoking because it drifts into other units. Time to try to quit, my friend, Lone Wolf.
 

Destiny S. (168)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 10:43 am
LOL Terry! I just hate stepping on chewing gum! And spitting? Goodness!! Now if these folks would put their efforts into something really useful.......made for a funny story anyhow! :) Next they will be banning chipmunks! :)
 

Shevlin R. (10)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 11:19 am
Smokers, many of them, are rather irresponsible with their smoking. They have no regard for where the breeze carries their smoke, who may be affected by the ashes they flick, or where and how they discard the butts. They will stand at the entrance of a building, puffing like mad to finish that valuable cigarette before going it, all the while laying down a layer of smoke that others have to walk through. Even if they stand to one side or the other it is often upwind of the entrance so they create a similar effect. I rode a motorcycle for about 20 years and have been hit several times by a hot butt discarded through a vent window of a car ahead of me. I've also put out a small grass fire in the park that was started by someone dropping a hot butt and walking off.

Non-smokers do not enjoy the smell of tobacco smoke. In concentrations, second hand smoke is a well documented health hazard. Cigarette butts and ashes littering sidewalks, parking lots, and grounds are eyesores. If smokers were more responsible and conscious of how their actions affected those around them, a lot of the anti-smoking chatter would probably fade away. BTW, I smoked for 26 years and have been tobacco free for almost 5, so I'm well acquainted with both sides of the fence. I support a person's right to smoke, but non-smokers have their rights, too. I support a person's right to listen to gangsta rap, but not when it can be heard and felt for a hundred yards around.

Terry, I agree with your idea of a ban on gum. I've long thought that anyone who would toss chewed gum onto the ground where it could be stepped on should have their jaws wired shut. I also believe that anyone who does not pick up their dog's poop should not be allowed to have a dog. If they forget the bag, too bad for them. They can use their hands. It washes off.

It all boils down to having respect and consideration for one's actions on another, and honoring the rights of the other to not be discomforted by those actions.
 

Janet G. (109)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 11:34 am
I have asthma and when I smell smoke in my face it makes me cough. Have you ever seen a child gp into a severe asthma attack after simply breathing in second hand smoke? I don't chew gum and I've only stepped on a piece a couple of times in my life, but to me walking in a beautiful place to get fresh air and soak in beauty and then suddenly the person in front of me lights up a cigarette and I have to breathe it in too, yuck. Also, more fires are caused by tossed out cigarettes, than ever by a piece of chewing gum. Sorry Terry, love you anyway, but that's how I feel. Time to quit. (-:
 

Janine Boguslawski (95)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 1:47 pm
I believe people should be allowed to smoke.Now that alot of people quit in NY you could see the difference how clean the street is.Spitting is just plain dirty.
 

Shari G. (27)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 5:42 pm
When smoking was banned in our office building, everyone had to exit the building to light up even in the winter. I always figured a lot of statistics were skewed since the smokers were probably dying of pneumonia unrelated to the cigarettes. I also don't see how smoking outside should be a problem. The smell of smoke isn't the unhealthy part and I find it hard to believe that outside in the fresh air there would be enough smoke to be harmful to anyone. The problem I see is the cigarette butts left on the ground. I hate them. Just put them in your pocket till you find the trash, please! Thanks Terry
 

Cathi Hartline (248)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 5:52 pm
thank You Lone for all Your news. and thank You Ronda for the link to Lone's news!
 

Rhonda Maness (602)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 7:44 pm
Thanks Terry
 

Terry B. (649)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 7:54 pm
Spitting in public is a filthy habit and its restriction is nothing new. In fact the very first words I learned in French these many years ago when I got to Montreal go go to college was "cracher" and "amende" on a sign in the trams that said (in translation) "No Spitting. Fine $40" back when 40 bucks was big money.

And I don't want your second hand smoke either. Just like your freedom to swing your fists ends short of my face, you freedom to pollute the air with noxious carcinogins ends at my nose.

Go Seattle!
 

Marilyn K. (51)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 7:54 pm
I don't understand why people have to spit, smoke or anything else when they are visiting a park. Enjoy the day, the park, the clean air and be glad that there are rules to keep you and your family healthy while enjoying an activity. They could have separate secluded areas where you can smoke and quietly kill each other.
 

Arild Warud (166)
Monday January 18, 2010, 2:55 am
WHY NOT BAN THE PARKS TO ANYBODY BUT MAINTENACE WORKER?
 

Pam Burton (24)
Monday January 18, 2010, 5:57 am
The PROBLEM IS.....Many[not all] people just don't consider others...They JUST DON'T SEE THAT THEIR SPITTING-SCREWING-SMOKING-etc-COULD BE OFFENSIVE TO ANOTHER PERSON...Why should they CARE???Their PARENTS NEVER TAUGHT THEM MANNERS and CONSIDERATION OF OTHERS....
And to all the nursing mothers....I DON'T CARE TO SEE YOUR TEATS HANGING OUT WHERE MY 9 YEAR OLD GRANDSON HAS TO SEE THEM!HAVE A BIT OF MODESTY!SO BIG DEAL-YOU CAN BREED!!!!!!
 

Lone Wolf (1399)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 5:14 am
if you read the news it seems everything is a health hazard, sex,water,food, and the fresh air as you call it will kill you faster then the smoke that you may smell outside!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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