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The Schenectady City Council is considering a ban on smoking in all city parks. Are you in favor of a ban?

Yes 52% 187 votes
No 47% 170 votes
Total Votes: 357

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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July 27, 2012
11:49 a.m.

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JohnJohn ( JohnJohn ) says...

Big Government Nanny State has got to stop. I am not a smoker but we can't have government involved in every aspect of our lives, dictating what we can and cannot do as free people. If you don't want to send a message to children who may be in the park at the same time someone is smoking in that same park, it should be up to the parent to provide that guidance, not the government. Otherwise, what would the objection be? If it is deemed criminal to smoke, ban tobacco altogether. Government has infiltrated too many aspects of our society. Try to just keep our boarders secure, keep us safe from criminals, and build our infrastructure so that we can conduct commerce.

July 27, 2012
12:31 p.m.

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newyorker65 ( newyorker65 ) says...

JohnJohn, you make a valid point, but remember that the Government ALREADY tells us what we can and cannot do. They tell us how many inches there has to be between the slats in the side of a baby's crib, they tell us there cannot be over a certain % of fat in hamburg, they tell us how fast we can drive on the roads, they even regulate the amount of water that can come out of our shower head! Not to mention all the rules and regs for building homes, manufacturing goods, cars. I, for one, would like to see a ban on smoking in the parks... it's a vile and disgusting habit that leads to premature aging and death. Why on earth anyone would even START smoking is beyond me! I don't mind government regulation if it helps us in any way, shape or form. Sometimes just keeping our boarders secure, keeping us safe from criminals and maintaining our infrastructure isn't enough... sometimes someone somewhere, perhaps in the form of our government, has to keep us from harming ourselves.

July 28, 2012
5:31 p.m.

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robbump ( robbump ) says...

Better then enforce a no-smoking where people CONGREGATE - such as bus stops, lines (theater lines, concert admissions, etc.), festivals, benches, and similar places. A park is a big place, in many cases - someone smoking 200 feet from the ball field doesn't really affect someone at the Duck Pond or KiddyLand.

Laws that are nonsense invite scorn and non-compliance.

July 29, 2012
12:09 p.m.

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SchenectadyScott ( SchenectadyScott ) says...

Newyorker65.....you are right and I want to add to.." sometimes someone somewhere, perhaps in the form of our government, has to keep us from harming ourselves."....More to keep us from harming others..innocent bystanders...in "Our pursuit for happiness".....it is a tricky sell when human addictions are involved..which brings on controversy. We have noise laws to protect quality of life, speed laws to protect quality of life, building regulations for quality of life, all laws are for quality of life to protect innocents from people who abuse ethical behavior in respect for others. Can the abusers and abuses be the result of addiction, be it speeding, or building lousy houses for greed by circumventing proper structures. Smoking is an acceptable addiction in society for now...that is changing.

July 30, 2012
10:56 a.m.

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Woodrow ( Woodrow ) says...

To those of us who don't smoke it seems like a sensible thing. But... this may just be one step in banning other activities that the government deems dangerous. Also, it is based on the faulty premise that second-hand smoke is dangerous to other people's health. It is a nuisance sometimes, but is not dangerous.

If the government says it's wrong to smoke in an outdoor park, then they must certainly hold that it is dangerous to smoke in your home or car when others are present.

And, for those of you who think you're on safe ground because you don't smoke...just think about some of your activities that the government may someday ban or limit.

 

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