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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KMM

Elkins, WV

#65 Mar 30, 2013
I would like to start off by saying that I'm a smoker. I do not like smoke in my home, I don't smoke around children and I'm courteous to people with severe allergies. Telling people they cannot smoke in an inclosed area makes perfect sense to me. I don't even smoke in my car with the windows rolled up. However, telling people they cannot smoke outside seems ridiculous to me. So, you're saying that a person who smokes anywhere in town during the festival can be fined? Plenty of folks live in this town, but not everyone who lives here and pays taxes participates in the festival. Also, telling people not to use electronic cigarettes, which emit water vapor only, seems a bit silly to me. If the idea that children mimic what they see is the argument, I can tell you that I was raised in an environment that discouraged smoking, and as an adult, I still became a smoker. I know plenty of people who grew up in smoking households and have never smoked. I just feel like this is power trip in order to gain more revenue and contribute to the social stigmas that smokers are subjected to whether they are courteous to others or not.
WBOY

Fairmont, WV

#67 Mar 30, 2013
Another way for the crooks of Buckhannon to make money, PERIOD.

Since: Jul 12

Buckhannon

#68 Mar 30, 2013
The latest study on the effects of second-hand smoking. Bottom line- it's more threatening than cholesterol or anything else for that matter to your health, other than directly smoking the crap-

http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Athero...
KMM

Elkins, WV

#69 Mar 31, 2013
Until all of you adopt junk-food free, raw vegan diets, I don't think that you get to tell other people what is and isn't healthy for them. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people do things knowing that they are unhealthy for them. The argument against smoking at large is not only the health issues, but the effects of second-hand smoke. That makes sense, but what doesn't make sense is telling people they can't do it in a wide-open area. If they already are not legally able to do it indoors, which I think is a great compromise, where on Earth of people supposed to do it? Tobacco is not illegal. But it's sad when we live in a culture where, it's equally legal counterpart, alcohol, is glorified, when it is more likely that Joe Blow will drive drunk and kill himself or others instantly. Or get alcohol poisoning and die in a single night. Meanwhile, people will completely demonize smokers and never speak a single word of cirrhosis, which also kills people. Or of alcoholism, which ruins more than the life of the person afflicted.
SKycat

Conneaut Lake, PA

#70 Apr 1, 2013
sunnybucker wrote:
The latest study on the effects of second-hand smoking. Bottom line- it's more threatening than cholesterol or anything else for that matter to your health, other than directly smoking the crap-
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Cardiology/Athero...
I looked at the report and even though various levels of secondhand smoke exposure were mentioned, nothing connected the risks to intermittent outdoor exposure. Until a report is titled "Cholesterol Buildup Due to Park Secondhand Smoke Exposure" I will consider reports like this just more fear mongering.
HUBBABUBBA

Littleton, CO

#71 Apr 1, 2013
Unemployedbytheman wrote:
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Did you read the article in the Delta about the high school girl that almost died from second-hand smoke?
I feel for the girl that almost died. Did she not know there was smoking going on? If I know smoking is going on I stay far enough away that I dont breathe in the smoke. I am not a smoker, but smokers do have rights, and I think for the most part most smokers take other people into consideration when they are smoking.

Since: Jan 12

Bridgeport, WV

#72 Apr 1, 2013
Just heard that the initial draft to ban smoking, which will be read at the City Council meeting on Thursday night and maybe voted on, includes those electronic vapor look alikes too for people trying to quit smoking.

What is Mayor Davidson's agenda (this week)?

Is it that he is just getting old and cranky or loves being in the news?

Talk about left over control issues from teaching.

Of course it takes a majority of the Council Members to vote it into law and according to the news at www.upshurportal.com a position just opened up for any one interesed in being appointed to the City Council since Preston has resigned.

We need someone to fill that position that will stand up for what the majority of the community want. Whether it is about smoking in the parks or not, changing traffic lights or not, or now the latest big issue since the rate increases for water and city cemetary lots, removing playground equipment at City Parks because someone else just won another law suite against the City.

Whats next?

Didn't you know that the City's Charter needs changed again after being voted down two years ago!

If you really want to be heard, don't miss Thursday's City Council meeting at 7 pm.

Since: Apr 13

Mind your manners

#73 Apr 1, 2013
I used to smoke cigars in parks, but someone convinced me that the butts would be picked up by babies and eaten.
Another thought

Elkview, WV

#74 Apr 1, 2013
_Chartruese_ wrote:
I used to smoke cigars in parks, but someone convinced me that the butts would be picked up by babies and eaten.
Babies will pick up deer shit and eat it too so let's ban the deer from the parks
just saying

Buckhannon, WV

#75 Apr 1, 2013
to cost they stink, in most zoo you are not allowed to smoke in or they have a area for smoking and if you go there and stand then you need to have move, and if somebody lights up in front or behind you I am sure if you ask them please don't smoke around me they will move to another area.. People that smoke is not bad people they just want to have the same rights a non smokers has. Some of the money the city gets from the taxes we pay for each pack of cigs we buy probably pays for the up keep of the park.
hubba bubba

Littleton, CO

#76 Apr 1, 2013
countryboy wrote:
Has anyone else found it disturbing, that not just Buckhannon, but all these places want to ban smoking, yet legalize marijauna?
well certainly makes sense for the state. Tax marijuana like tax on cigarettes. Big money in taxes. Always something in it for the state.
goodness

Buckhannon, WV

#77 Apr 2, 2013
This is the biggest waste of money I have seen in this town for a long time! Way to waste all of the freaking money I paid in taxes this year...idiots!!!! Why keep pushing for something that is obviously super controversial?? Can my voice be heard?? How and when and where?? Paying someone to hall monitor the parks...seriously???? Why don't you use that money for something usefull like ridding this town of all the meth labs!! Furthermore, there are quite a few parks in Buckhannon, who is going to have to pay the bill for the hall monitors to make sure no one is smoking tobacco in all of them? Lets piss off half the community by telling them they cannot smoke outdoors, then also raise their taxes and take their hard earned money along with it!! I am totally fed up!! Someone in this town is getting paid to write up these bills also....do we really have that much money to throw away??? I didn't realize Buckhannon was so rich.
goodness

Buckhannon, WV

#78 Apr 2, 2013
I am sooo angry about this!! How many others are very angry about this? I am curteous when I smoke! I make sure I do not blow my smoke on anyone and try not to throw butts down. Of coarse there are inconsiderate people who don't!! Inconsiderate people are everywhere! I just feel personally offended GREATLY!! I have more than one child. I like to go to the park. We get invited to birthday parties at parks. I have sat back on benches well away from all the children watched them play and smoked with other parents and had a blast and not bothered a single person! I am so highly offended!! I cannot even put down in words how mad I am!! Where is the vote on this??? Oh, they aren't going to vote, they are just going to push it through and make it happen. This is where I want to live, I love this town most of the time. BUT The people who think they are the smartest in this town can really burn my ass with their stupidity alot, makes it hard to want to keep living here.
Its AWESOME

Winnipeg, Canada

#79 Apr 2, 2013
Smokers, like dinosaurs had their time to rule the Earth. Now, its extinction time. There's a new world order, a cleaner, less stinky one.
thatwinnipegidio t

Hagerstown, MD

#80 Apr 2, 2013
smokes elderly stanky homeless peders in parks then leaves his butt tracks in the mud.
Dont smoke

United States

#81 Apr 3, 2013
Smoking is so not cool. Wanna enjoy the parks?
Don't smoke.
Save your health and some money.

Problem solved.
You can thank me now.
What A PERVERT

Winnipeg, Canada

#82 Apr 3, 2013
thatwinnipegidiot wrote:
smokes elderly stanky homeless peders in parks then leaves his butt tracks in the mud.
Hey Hagerstown WTF is wrong with you? Quite a sexual pervert.
SKycat

Conneaut Lake, PA

#83 Apr 3, 2013
Rimfire said the smoking ban draft includes electronic cigs. Former Surgeon General Richard (no safe level of secondhand smoke) Carmona now sits on the board of an e-cig company. No irony there folks.

The smoking ban zealots powers of exaggeration and self-delusion seems to have completely untethered them from reality.
Whats That Stink

Winnipeg, Canada

#84 Apr 3, 2013
SKycat wrote:
Rimfire said the smoking ban draft includes electronic cigs. Former Surgeon General Richard (no safe level of secondhand smoke) Carmona now sits on the board of an e-cig company. No irony there folks.
The smoking ban zealots powers of exaggeration and self-delusion seems to have completely untethered them from reality.
Hey you missed the litter box again.
Commonsensman

Columbus, OH

#85 Apr 3, 2013
KMM wrote:
Until all of you adopt junk-food free, raw vegan diets, I don't think that you get to tell other people what is and isn't healthy for them. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people do things knowing that they are unhealthy for them. The argument against smoking at large is not only the health issues, but the effects of second-hand smoke. That makes sense, but what doesn't make sense is telling people they can't do it in a wide-open area. If they already are not legally able to do it indoors, which I think is a great compromise, where on Earth of people supposed to do it? Tobacco is not illegal. But it's sad when we live in a culture where, it's equally legal counterpart, alcohol, is glorified, when it is more likely that Joe Blow will drive drunk and kill himself or others instantly. Or get alcohol poisoning and die in a single night. Meanwhile, people will completely demonize smokers and never speak a single word of cirrhosis, which also kills people. Or of alcoholism, which ruins more than the life of the person afflicted.
Smoking restrictions are not an attempt to tell people what is unhealthy for them. The smoking restrictions (not bans) are not meant to protect the health of the smoker. The smoking restrictions are there to protect the innocent bystanders who would be impacted by the second-hand smoke. And while drunk driving is a terrible thing, it is not an absolute consequence of drinking alcohol. Lots of folks take a drink now and then, and only a very small percentage of them would even drive under the influence. Smoking ALWAYS has an impact on others.

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