Smoking ban proposed in all Schenectady city parks

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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— Schenectady could be come the latest municipality to snub smoking in its parks.

Councilwoman Barbara Blanchard proposed extending the city’s partial smoking ban to an outright prohibition at parks. She cited the zero-tolerance policies adopted by other municipalities throughout the county, including Rotterdam, Glenville, Niskayuna and Scotia.

Schenectady enacted a smoke-free policy at its playgrounds, pools, pavilions and ball fields in June 2010; the city also attached a $50 fine for any violations, though such a penalty is hardly ever levied.


Bethany Bump's July 8th story: Outdoor smoking bans increasingly popular.

Smoking had previously been banned only at Tiny Tot Land in Central Park and at city pools.

“We should be going for the whole thing,” Blanchard said during the city council’s Health and Recreation committee meeting Monday.

A survey conducted by the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties last year found that 82 percent to 84 percent of residents support an expansion of the Clean Indoor Air Law to playgrounds. More than three-quarters of residents support expanding it to municipal pools, and more than half support expanding it to public parks and outdoor recreation areas.

Councilwoman Marion Porterfield offered no objection on extending the ban and the matter was moved to a public hearing next month.

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July 17, 2012
11:23 p.m.
roses says...

If we can't smoke in in a outside area,maybe we should take the taxes that are more than triple off of our cigs,You People are Ridiculous !!Dear God Schenectady is a Crap hole from when I lived there !!! Do SOMETHING to clean up The CITY !!Worry about Crime and Dirt Bags there!!!Typical Politicians !!!

July 18, 2012
12:50 p.m.
hodgkins.t says...

Smokers do create health hazards for others when they smoke in proximity to others. They infringe upon others rights to clean air. If a person wanted to sit under a tree by themselves and away from others and smoke, why not? They pay for it. Liberty must rule when negative externalities are minimal.

July 20, 2012
2:18 a.m.
robbump says...

I agree that when groups of people are in close proximity then smoking should be curtailed. But to outlaw it in entire parks is crazy.

Keeping in my first statement, why not impose it for other areas where people congregate: bus stops, festivals, any lines (or "queues"), concerts, sport events, amongst them.

"Roses" wants to clean up the city. The miserable cigerette butts is a great place to start. We need a campaign to remind smokers that butts and wrappers ARE trash.

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