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Acacia Park Smoking Ban - Good Or Bad?
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Acacia Park Smoking Ban  -  Good Or Bad?

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach made the suggestion on Wednesday 10th October to ban smoking in Acacia Park. There are obviously those who are for it, and those who are against it.

Those for the ban are obviously fans of all smoking related bans, mainly people who do not want to have their leisurely park visits ruined by the smell of smoke, especially those with children. It makes sense that they want to be able to enjoy their time in the park without it being spoiled by a smoker in close proximity. All non-smokers know how bad the smell is and sometimes no matter where you go in a park or other public place, you can't get away from the smell.

Smokers on the other hand, feel it is too much. As the places that they can smoke become more and more restricted, those who are still smoking are feeling the squeeze. It is bad enough for them that smoking is perceived so anti-social these days that they feel guilty every time they light up, now they can't even light up in the open air when relaxing in a park. When are they supposed to be able to enjoy their vice? Some people like coffee, others like smoking.

That is the distinction though, coffee doesn't bother others. There is always a "Don't disrupt my space" point of view when it comes to what others can and can't do, and unfortunately, even in the open spaces of Acacia Park smoking disturbs others.

I do understand the logic behind the suggestion. Mayor Bach is well known for working hard to make the community a better place, and if a smoking ban in the park will contribute to that, then so be it. It does make sense that we go to a park to enjoy nature and breathe some "fresh air", so breathing some smoke into your lungs from a nearby smoker isn't exactly ideal.

Fortunately, many people are now finding themselves more motivated to quit smoking, and with the great number of effective quit smoking methods on the increase, smokers may soon become such a minority that it wouldn't matter either way. It would be like banning swimming naked in Alaska, no-one would really notice either way.

Until the outcome of this suggestion is known, smokers will do well to get down to the park to enjoy a smoke while they can, or better yet, they can research good quitting smoking methods, before is is made illegal almost everywhere.


Street Talk

Love this thinking!

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  about 8 years ago
  

Why thankyou

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  about 8 years ago
Kyle  

Geez...right when I was about to start smoking. Perhaps I will have to think twice about this decision. If there is nowhere to do it what is the point!

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  about 8 years ago
  

maybe you can ask Red Bull to fly you to the edge of space and do it

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  about 8 years ago

Interesting article. What next? ... a ban on eating in public? I feel mixed about bans but if something has to be banned I guess cigarettes would be on the top of my list.

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  about 9 years ago
  

Yeah, my first impression was "so where are they going to smoke next? the moon?" then I remembered I want to help them quit!

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  about 9 years ago
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