Age : 69
Location : Colorado
Registration date : 2013-09-26
|Subject: New No-Smoking Rules in Colorado Springs, CO Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:50 pm|| |
From the Colorado Springs Gazette, July 24th, 2013:"The City Council voted 6-2 to ban smoking in all city parks, including trails and open space areas.
The ban is meant to protect city properties from fire danger, decrease litter - especially from cigarette butts - and reduce "detrimental" secondhand smoke, said Karen Palus, parks director.
The Parks Department, working with the city attorney, reviewed a list of approaches for limiting smoking in public parks - Arvada bans smoking in all parks, and smoking is banned along Pearl Street in Boulder, for example.
Ultimately, they decided on a general ban with some exceptions for areas that don't pose a fire danger, such as parking lots, which would be designated by the parks director.
Violators can be fined up to $500 and spend 90 days in jail, though Palus sees the ban as an opportunity to alert the public to the effects of secondhand smoke."
I've been cussing up a blue storm for several weeks now over this. I love to hike the hundreds of beautiful mountain trails around here, and I often take along a pipe for a good smoke at certain beloved scenic rest points along the way.
You can bet I'll be voting against the busybody SOBs who voted for this!!