Buckhannon bans tobacco use in parks

Buckhannon bans tobacco use in parks

There are 111 comments on the The Inter-Mountain story from Mar 24, 2013, titled Buckhannon bans tobacco use in parks. In it, The Inter-Mountain reports that:

Buckhannon City Council passed an ordinance last week that would require city park patrons to nix traditional forms of nicotine, should it go into effect.

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JustSomeGuy

Buckhannon, WV

#1 Mar 25, 2013
If they are gonna do this then they should b made to put in designated smoking areas its not right that the city feels they should be allowed to discriminate against smokers which is exactly what they are doing. Banning ciggerettes in parks isn't gonna make one bit of difference on wether or not a kid is gonna start smoking when they get older its a personal choice and should be left as such.

Since: Jun 11

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#2 Mar 25, 2013
"all areas where fairs and festivals are conducted, including but not limited to the annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival and Festival Fridays at Jawbone Park."

How honestly are they gonna get people to stop smoking during the strawberry festival?

The ban also includes e-cigs and they are just water vapor and somewhat help with the actual quitting of reg cigs.
Honestly

Vienna, WV

#3 Mar 25, 2013
I can see both sides of the fence on this issue. I have a difficult time with anyone trying to enforce rules regarding personal choice. However, I've also had my child at the park with a bunch of rude kids smoking and throwing cigarette butts on the ground. People representing both sides just need to be respectful and use common sense. I'm not a smoker, but I don't think it's right to tell others what they can or cannot do. I think designated smoking areas could possibly be a step in the right direction...
countryboy

Newaygo, MI

#4 Mar 25, 2013
I don't smoke, and if I don't want to breath second hand smoke, I won't go around it.Why does people that smoke have to change their lives because of others? How come the people that don't smoke have to change their lives? Can we say Hitler is still very much in charge? YES WE CAN. Hell I hate chinks, lets get rid of all the chinese returants and make all of them at the college go back to their own country.
Moron

Beverly, WV

#5 Mar 25, 2013
This is a huge fail. What is buckhannon going to ban next? You can use a public restroom on Tuesday's?
Honestly

Vienna, WV

#6 Mar 25, 2013
countryboy wrote:
I don't smoke, and if I don't want to breath second hand smoke, I won't go around it.Why does people that smoke have to change their lives because of others? How come the people that don't smoke have to change their lives? Can we say Hitler is still very much in charge? YES WE CAN. Hell I hate chinks, lets get rid of all the chinese returants and make all of them at the college go back to their own country.
I followed you until the "I hate chinks" part. Seriously? An opinion on a smoking ban is one thing, racism is another subject all together. Those comments are best kept to yourself. And I'm sorry you feel that way.
Justsayin

Elkview, WV

#7 Mar 25, 2013
Honestly wrote:
I can see both sides of the fence on this issue. I have a difficult time with anyone trying to enforce rules regarding personal choice. However, I've also had my child at the park with a bunch of rude kids smoking and throwing cigarette butts on the ground. People representing both sides just need to be respectful and use common sense. I'm not a smoker, but I don't think it's right to tell others what they can or cannot do. I think designated smoking areas could possibly be a step in the right direction...
do you actually think banning smoking in the park is going to stop kids from smoking there. who is going to enforce it ,the cigarette police , someone hiding in the bushes, wait until some innocent person confronts them for smoking and they get the hell beat out the them, then what?who is going to pay for the enforcement,(you are) the point here is it is just another infringement on my rights as a citizen. I am so sick and tired of government and people who think they can change the personal rights of people because of a bunch of left wing crybabies . Believe me it won't be much longer before all hell breaks out in this country
Honestly

Vienna, WV

#8 Mar 25, 2013
Justsayin wrote:
<quoted text>do you actually think banning smoking in the park is going to stop kids from smoking there. who is going to enforce it ,the cigarette police , someone hiding in the bushes, wait until some innocent person confronts them for smoking and they get the hell beat out the them, then what?who is going to pay for the enforcement,(you are) the point here is it is just another infringement on my rights as a citizen. I am so sick and tired of government and people who think they can change the personal rights of people because of a bunch of left wing crybabies . Believe me it won't be much longer before all hell breaks out in this country
I didn't say anything about banning smoking. Maybe you should re-read my post. I don't think it's fair to ban anything that is a personal choice. Smoking is a personal choice. I just said that I can see both sides of the argument. I agree that it would be very difficult to enforce even a designated smoking area. People just need to be more respectful. Just sayin'.
countryboy

Goshen, VA

#9 Mar 25, 2013
Honestly wrote:
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I followed you until the "I hate chinks" part. Seriously? An opinion on a smoking ban is one thing, racism is another subject all together. Those comments are best kept to yourself. And I'm sorry you feel that way.
And I'm sorry you want to classify that as racism. Face the facts. Our people died for the very few rights we have in this country. Now all the forigners come over, get more rights than we have. I cannot even make a phone call in this country to a business without hearing the famous for English press 1. Yes I am way off the topic here but it pisses me off the way we are expected to cater to these people. If they want to live like americans, speak like americans. Fight for the rights like our people did. Don't just come and steal it.
Well Well

Clarksburg, WV

#10 Mar 25, 2013
They are trying to go beyond the parks now! They are trying to make it count at the strawberry festival as well!!! Not just smoking either....it may even include electronic cigarettes! I'm just waiting till they try to tell us how big our soft drinks can be like they tried in NY. I can promise this, if they include the festivals and such, I will do my best to see to it that the festival leaves this county all together! Maybe the state would find a place where they could make money from it for a change, and the best part would be that the people running Buckhannon would hurt because of the loss of it! I'm done trying to deal with the control that they are trying to achieve. It's getting too far out of hand!!!!
Jim

Elkins, WV

#11 Mar 26, 2013
If they are banning smoking in the parks etc, then they also need to ban chewing tobacco. I don't want to walk on SECOND HAND CHEWING SPIT.
i agree

Elkins, WV

#12 Mar 26, 2013
I agree with jim

Since: Mar 13

Saint Albans, WV

#13 Mar 26, 2013
Attention. Peteys------ok. Corral. Went.# 1. On. Tv----3. In. Buckhannon. Go. To. WWW.YouTube.com/tv3buckhannon
Not a Lawyer

Buckhannon, WV

#14 Mar 27, 2013
O.K. I understand the Constitution has been shredded. The P.C. Libs have taken away our liberties, because they know best. So lets say I smoke, I live in town, I pay local Taxes. The parks are funded by local taxes. The city takes my money spends it on the parks, then tells me I can't use the park if I want to smoke? Would this stand up in court? What if I rent a pavilion for the day? Fire up the grill? The charcoal fumes are a 100 times more harmfull the tobacco smoke! OH! I feel sorry for the cop that's going to enforce this law in May. Buckhannon city council...Idiots at work! We messed up this past election. Lets not do it again.
my2cents

United States

#15 Mar 27, 2013
Personally, I don't care if people drink rat poison. Hey, whatever turns you on.

It seems like they are passing so many laws to fine people or lock you up or just get you into the criminal system, it isn't funny.

These people are smoking "outside". For cryin out loud. Where do you drawn the line? What next? Can't burn wood or coal because your neighbor might breath it in? Can't mow the lawn because your lawnmower is putting fumes into the air that people breath?

The only thing I object to is when someone finishes their cigarette what makes them feel that its ok to just flick the fiberglass filter on the ground? Let someone else clean it up? If people would just be responsible and find a proper waste receptacle for their butts, I have no problem with them smoking "outside" in parks or wherever.

Since: Jul 12

Buckhannon

#16 Mar 27, 2013
Not a Lawyer wrote:
O.K. I understand the Constitution has been shredded. The P.C. Libs have taken away our liberties, because they know best. So lets say I smoke, I live in town, I pay local Taxes. The parks are funded by local taxes. The city takes my money spends it on the parks, then tells me I can't use the park if I want to smoke? Would this stand up in court? What if I rent a pavilion for the day? Fire up the grill? The charcoal fumes are a 100 times more harmfull the tobacco smoke! OH! I feel sorry for the cop that's going to enforce this law in May. Buckhannon city council...Idiots at work! We messed up this past election. Lets not do it again.
I think your logic is selfish, insensitive, and misinterpretative of anything contained in our Constitution. So big deal, you pay taxes- does let permit you to do anything in the park? Some people like to run around naked. How does that harm kids? Being a taxpayer isn't a ticket to do anything that so clearly has been proven to hurt others. People who smoke are idiots for subjecting their own body to the harmful effects of smoking. It's a free country, if you want to kill yourself, I think it should be your right. People who smoke affecting others are criminals. I don't see much of a difference in subjecting others to second-hand smoke versus driving drunk. Hey, I'm a taxpayer, I'm going to get plastered and drive around on those roads that I helped pave. The people who take their kids and grandchildren to the parks are taxpayers, too. And just exactly where in the Constitution do you hang your hat on an entitlement to smoke, or anything else that's been so clearly proven to be harmful to others? Nobody's saying you can't smoke in your home, yard, car, or any place else that's just yours. I hope this is but a first step in Buckhannon to promote the end of smoking.

Since: Jul 12

Buckhannon

#17 Mar 27, 2013
The "let" should've been "that" in the preceding post.
Honestly

Bridgeport, WV

#18 Mar 27, 2013
sunnybucker wrote:
<quoted text>I think your logic is selfish, insensitive, and misinterpretative of anything contained in our Constitution. So big deal, you pay taxes- does let permit you to do anything in the park? Some people like to run around naked. How does that harm kids? Being a taxpayer isn't a ticket to do anything that so clearly has been proven to hurt others. People who smoke are idiots for subjecting their own body to the harmful effects of smoking. It's a free country, if you want to kill yourself, I think it should be your right. People who smoke affecting others are criminals. I don't see much of a difference in subjecting others to second-hand smoke versus driving drunk. Hey, I'm a taxpayer, I'm going to get plastered and drive around on those roads that I helped pave. The people who take their kids and grandchildren to the parks are taxpayers, too. And just exactly where in the Constitution do you hang your hat on an entitlement to smoke, or anything else that's been so clearly proven to be harmful to others? Nobody's saying you can't smoke in your home, yard, car, or any place else that's just yours. I hope this is but a first step in Buckhannon to promote the end of smoking.
You don't see the difference in driving drunk and smoking outside??? How about I stand outside in the park next to a smoker and you can stand in the middle of the road in front of a drunk driver? I think the odds are in my favor.
Honestly

Bridgeport, WV

#19 Mar 27, 2013
my2cents wrote:
Personally, I don't care if people drink rat poison. Hey, whatever turns you on.

It seems like they are passing so many laws to fine people or lock you up or just get you into the criminal system, it isn't funny.

These people are smoking "outside". For cryin out loud. Where do you drawn the line? What next? Can't burn wood or coal because your neighbor might breath it in? Can't mow the lawn because your lawnmower is putting fumes into the air that people breath?

The only thing I object to is when someone finishes their cigarette what makes them feel that its ok to just flick the fiberglass filter on the ground? Let someone else clean it up? If people would just be responsible and find a proper waste receptacle for their butts, I have no problem with them smoking "outside" in parks or wherever.
Very true. What's the limit going to be? There cannot be a law about every potentially harmful thing out there. It's absurd to even believe it's possible. Again, it all comes back to people being responsible.
More Cancer Victims

Winnipeg, Canada

#20 Mar 27, 2013
There is one great place for a designated smoking area, the dump. It already stinks there, there are no children there and throwing butts and packaging on the ground would be fine. Problem solved

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