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TELL US: Should Red Bank Ban Smoking in Parks?

The governing body is considering a ban that could start with borough parks.

There may soon be no place, or limited places, to go outside for a smoke in Red Bank.

The Borough Council last night discussed moving forward with banning smoking in parks, citing that if it can be done elsewhere, it can be done in Red Bank for the enhanced quality of life of residents and visitors to the borough looking to get some fresh air, according to a story in the Asbury Park Press.

Nothing definitive has yet been decided, but officials brought up that the idea makes sense in light of broader health initiatives undertaken by the mayor's Wellness Campaign Committee, according to the report.

Menna brought up the idea that smoking could potentially be banned in all public spaces, the report noted.

Tell us what you think. Should the borough move forward with a town-wide smoking ban in public spaces, a ban in parks only or no ban at all?

Don Smith February 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM
A smoking ban in public spaces would be one way to eliminate cigarette butt pollution which seems to be everywhere. However, other park and public space rules (noise pollution from motorcycles with no mufflers/skateboarding) are not enforced so why make more rules which won't be enforced? It teaches people, especially the young, that the law can be overtly disregarded.
Sal February 15, 2013 at 07:06 AM
It has always amazed me how mentally defective and insane our society has become. People stand in front of their BBQ grills engulfed in a cloud of smake for a half hour or more while BBSing. Other people burn cord after crod of wood in their fireplaes smoking up the entire neighborhood. Other people stand right next to vehicles with their engines running and breath in gulp and gulp of auto exhaust that can kill them in 5 minutes in a closed garage___yet for soem reason with all of the really deadly toxic smoke they inhale every day __ yet, for some strange reason they let a little bit of smoke from a cigarette annoy and bother them. I do not think it has anything to do with cigarette smoke___but instead it is a Quest for Power over someone or something by Power Hungry people who have no control over thier own lives..
Boris Kofman February 15, 2013 at 01:27 PM
It's a common-sense proposal - it's good for our health, for the environment and, by extension, for the local businesses. And if it also encourages even one smoker to quit, so much the better!
sandy van sant February 15, 2013 at 01:53 PM
In a public park, people have no control over their exposure to someone else's smoking. They can control this in their own environments. I think we and our children should have the right to breathe smokefree air in our parks.
Sal February 15, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I still think it not about Smoke, but about CONTROL. Control what type of oil people can us in cooking, Control the size of a cup soda, Control kids and their skateboards,control over types of guns we can own. Power and Control becomes addictive. Once that can of worms (Power & Control) is opened there is not end to it, as our need for the next fix____ like an addict for more and more Power and Control over something/anything becomes stronger and stronger..
Cindy Burnham February 16, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Sal, While I do agree with your theory regarding control, I do support this ban. There is nothing worse than enjoying a wonderful mean outside on a beautiful day and having cig smoke go in your face. It will also aid in the never ending battle over litter.
Cindy Burnham February 16, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Sal, While I do agree with your theory on control, as a non smoker, I do support this ban. There is nothing worse than sitting outside on a beautiful day, enjoying a wonderful meal only to have cig smoke blown into your face. It will also aid in the never ending battle over littler in Red Bank.
Fred M February 19, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I never had a problem outside with someone blowing smoke in my face..I find it real easy to not stand next to someone outside smoking..My suggestion is this. You see someone in a park smoking, Don't Stand Next To Him..I never smoked a day in my life..I have never been made a prisoner or confined outdoors where I couldn't move away from a smoker..
Fred M February 19, 2013 at 03:28 PM
I agree Sal
Inez Nedrick April 08, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Fred....thanks for making the most sensible remark on here! it is getting out of control as far as what ppl can and cannot do! If someone is smoking outside, cross the street or move away, it's that simple. Ppl don't get it that it is bigger than just smolking. I want to see what ppl say when they tell you you can't walk down the street with any type of food, i;e, ice cream cone etc.smh!

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