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'100 Percent Smoke-Free' Parks New Law in Madison

Smoking ban promotes health, clean environment, proponents say.

Karen Blumenfeld, executive director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP). Credit: RosenetTV
Karen Blumenfeld, executive director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP). Credit: RosenetTV

Smoking no longer is allowed at Madison parks and recreation areas, and new signs will notify visitors of the ban.

Proponents of the law, approved Nov. 13 by the Borough Council, say it reduces litter from cigarette butts, sets a healthy example for children who play on the fields, and reduces exposure to second-hand smoke.

The law also bans electronic cigarette smoking, smoking within 30 feet of borough buildings, and areas adjacent to parks, including sidewalks and parking lots.

Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy program manager Alan Kantz, a Drew University graduate, said he is excited Madison residents will experience smoke-free parks. Many other towns have implemented smoking bans and, after the new law is in place, "they are shocked that they lived any other way," he said.

Madison received free signs provided by the state Department of Health to install at parks.
Kevin Blair November 25, 2013 at 06:01 PM
As someone who is a smoker/trying to quit person, I have always tried to keep my bad habit away from others, especially children. Part of me hates to say this, but in our current society, we have other needs to address also. I would like to propose that we also eliminate the sale of cola, Gatorade, pizza, hot dogs, etc because those foods have been demonstrated to contribute to the obesity epidemic. If our local government has no bigger fish to fry and feels the need to step more and more into our lives, let's let them all the way in to make sure they can take care of us all the way!!
Kevin Blair November 25, 2013 at 06:26 PM
PS, I'd also like to propose a ban for the sale of alcohol and lottery tickets, too. Those activities are super bad. Once all of these issues have been taken care of, I'd finally like to propose a ban of regular television, I saw much violence during the Jets' and Giants' games yesterday. Let's also throw Cablevision into the mix because the Walking Dead was so violent last night but I couldn't possibly turn it off unless the Government passed a resolution.
Kevin Blair November 25, 2013 at 06:28 PM
These previous comments were partly tongue-in-cheek.
Steve C November 26, 2013 at 08:40 AM
I am so happy they decided to ban the use of the e-cigs. The mere site of someone doing something that looks like smoking must be eliminated too. This entire thing is silly. Alan Kantz, if you don't like smoking, I have an idea, don't smoke.
Steve C November 26, 2013 at 08:41 AM
The best part of this new regulation is the new signage. Because one thing we all need is more signs telling us what was cannot do.

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