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Smoking bans extended to more parks in Chicago suburbs

There are 288 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 30, 2009, titled Smoking bans extended to more parks in Chicago suburbs. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The steady march to rid parks and playgrounds of cigarette butts spread to Zion this summer after a group of students surveyed residents and then pushed the Park District to enact the ban that most supported.

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LonMonk

Winfield, IL

#1 Jun 30, 2009
This is more than silly. Don't feed the birds. Don't walk on the grass. No pets except for designated areas. No blankets. No loitering. No strollers in certain areas. No food/grills in certain areas. Where does it end! Oh yeah, it's o.k. to dig up Grant Park for a pseudo museum. Next thing you know, all children under 12 and adults over 50 will be banned too. God forbid one person is offended and everyone has to conform to certain "rules." Might as well move to Moscow.
Pete

Chicago, IL

#2 Jun 30, 2009
What on God's green earth is the rationale for banning smoking in parks? Air pollution? That's frickin ridiculous. Have cars and barbecue grills been banned? I don't even smoke but I'm tempted to do so in an outdoor park area just to pss off one of these ninnys. I'm sure its "all about the children" which is apparently a great way to justify controlling adults' lives.
Still Alive

Chicago, IL

#3 Jun 30, 2009
IT'S ABOUT TIME.I do not want your poison in my lungs.It is time to make it a law,no smoking outside...If you want to smoke and kill yourself do it in your room...
Heystace

Grayslake, IL

#4 Jun 30, 2009
I'd take common decency over a smoking ban. A group lit up right next to my 2-year-old's birthday party at a picnic shelter recently. Nah, no children there to bother yourself about.
BKB

Mount Prospect, IL

#5 Jun 30, 2009
Hang the smokers. The jerks are litterbugs with the butts too..
Welcome Comrades

Carol Stream, IL

#6 Jun 30, 2009
Let just ban tobacco altogether.

The nanny state will just tax it into the black market anyway.
Welcome Comrades

Carol Stream, IL

#7 Jun 30, 2009
LonMonk wrote:
This is more than silly. Don't feed the birds. Don't walk on the grass. No pets except for designated areas. No blankets. No loitering. No strollers in certain areas. No food/grills in certain areas. Where does it end! Oh yeah, it's o.k. to dig up Grant Park for a pseudo museum. Next thing you know, all children under 12 and adults over 50 will be banned too. God forbid one person is offended and everyone has to conform to certain "rules." Might as well move to Moscow.
You would have more freedom in Moscow.

The Ruskies are laughing at us, turns out they won the Cold War after all!
pfffttt

Arlington Heights, IL

#8 Jun 30, 2009
I wonder if I should open up one of my empty plots of land, place some benches there and offer it as a place for smokers....

Hell, I can't sell it without a loss in this market now anyways, and maybe people can appreciate it!!
Pearl

Lisle, IL

#9 Jun 30, 2009
Wow. I don't smoke but I didn't know you could legislate the outdoors like this. Guess I learned something new.
say what

Hoffman Estates, IL

#10 Jun 30, 2009
The country is becoming a 3rd world nation and all they have to worry about is smoking in the park? Just what are they smoking?
Mikey

Miami, FL

#11 Jun 30, 2009
This whole thing reminds me of the statement the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Who is going to inforce these rules? The police. Gee, I think I would rather have them working on the gangs that are moving into the burbs then this nonsense.

Heystace, you can also add the the teenagers/adults that curse around kids, that is also something people should be able to control.
Chicana

United States

#12 Jun 30, 2009
When you invade my space with your poison that makes it my problem.... other than that you can smoke all you want.
Annaliese

Geneva, IL

#13 Jun 30, 2009
When will Brookfield Zoo follow Brittany Piel and Steve Mapson 's lead? I have seen so much smoking there around the kids (especially new moms with infants in front baby carriers NO KIDDING) it's painful. And we avoid many parks and festivals AND THE ZOO for these reasons.
Annaliese

Geneva, IL

#14 Jun 30, 2009
BTW: many "controlling" laws are made to save ignorant and senseless people from themselves. For example, if you don't have the common sense to smoke away from kids or if you don't have the common sense to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, the law has to tell you to do it. It's MY insurance & tax money that pays for your asthma and emphysema medicine and all those ambulance calls and police investigations and morgue storage fees when you die.
Megan

Lake Bluff, IL

#15 Jun 30, 2009
Finally! I want to breathe fresh air when I'm outdoors, not second hand smoke.
What an idiot

Oak Brook, IL

#16 Jun 30, 2009
Megan wrote:
Finally! I want to breathe fresh air when I'm outdoors, not second hand smoke.
But you're okay breathing all other pollutants? There is no such thing as fresh air. And the outside air belongs to no one. Do you get as riled up about other pollutants? Probably not. You're just another nanny-state lover.
Hmmm

Willowbrook, IL

#17 Jun 30, 2009
Jaysus....I didn't realize there was such a shortage of air outdoors!

More and more smokers will quit the habit as they are being drained of money by way of taxes. Then you sniveling whiners can open your wallets and pay your fair share!

And to Annaliese, I resent most of the programs that my tax dollars support. I think it is time to cut out ALL social programs! I shouldn't have to pay to subsidize daycare, school breakfasts and lunches, after school programs, senior programs. Enough with the freebies. If you want kids then damn it pay for them!!!!!!!!!!
John K

Palos Hills, IL

#18 Jun 30, 2009
Chicana wrote:
When you invade my space with your poison that makes it my problem.... other than that you can smoke all you want.
This includes the parks? Outdoors? I hope nobody puts a smoke out on your forehead. Well, not sure I hope that, just keep the head on a swivel, and wear sunglasses, just in case.
turf doc

United States

#19 Jun 30, 2009
I like your comment. I do not smoke, but I think that if you do, smoke away, just not in my face!
LonMonk wrote:
This is more than silly. Don't feed the birds. Don't walk on the grass. No pets except for designated areas. No blankets. No loitering. No strollers in certain areas. No food/grills in certain areas. Where does it end! Oh yeah, it's o.k. to dig up Grant Park for a pseudo museum. Next thing you know, all children under 12 and adults over 50 will be banned too. God forbid one person is offended and everyone has to conform to certain "rules." Might as well move to Moscow.
I NEED A SMOKE

Des Plaines, IL

#20 Jul 1, 2009
STILL ALIVE SAID, IT'S ABOUT TIME.I do not want your poison in my lungs.It is time to make it a law,no smoking outside...If you want to smoke and kill yourself do it in your room... YOU IDIOT HOW DO YOU GET CIG SMOKE IN YOUR LUNGS OUTSIDE? YOU CANT STUPID A**........

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