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Smoking ban proposed in all Schenectady city parks

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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 ...

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July 17, 2012
11:23 p.m.

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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.

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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.

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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.