The Atlanta City Council's Community Development and Human Resources Committee voted Tuesday to send the wide-ranging ban on smoking in Atlanta parks and other recreation areas to the full City Council for consideration as soon as next Monday.
If passed by the full City Council, the ban will have an impact on Atlanta's parks, playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic areas, tennis courts, golf courses and walking trails.
An exception was approved by the committee for the Chastain Park Amphitheater, Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood and Park Tavern at Piedmont Park. Atlantic Station began enforcing the ban on July 14, just in time for the BB&T Open. Several local jurisdictions already have similar bans in place, but the city of Norcross just recently repeal such a ban even before it went into effect.
What do you think about the move toward a total ban on smoking, both indoors as well as outside? Is it necessary for the health of the general public or an infringement on the individual liberty of those in the community who smoke?