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Montgomery County Parks Considering Smoking Ban
MONTGOMERY COUNTY-- A smoking ban is being considered for all Montgomery County run parks but the county wants your opinion first.
If the ban moves forward all tobacco products including cigarettes, snuff, smokeless tobacco, and hookah would be outlawed.
The band would include Art Van Atta Park in Vandalia, Madison Lakes Park in Trotwood, and Judge Arther O. Fisher Park in Jefferson Township.
"With kids I mean I totally would agree with it," said Adam Stephens who was playing softball at Art Van Atta Park. "I mean it I know it's out in the open and all that but you never know where it could travel like that so I'd say definitely the safety of the kids in mind I'd say ban it."
Dayton Montgomery County Health is partnering with Wright State University's psychology department to conduct a survey on the potential ban, and they want all opinions.
"If they're respecting other people's space then I think they should be allowed to smoke," said former smoker and Art Van Atta park goer Brandie Larsen, "and if they're cleaning up after themselves then I don't see why not. However if they are sitting in the stands next to children then they need to be respectful that other people don't smoke."
"In a way I guess its a good thing," said Steve Zweibel, who is a smoker. "You do have a lot of kids around so it'd be a reason not to promote smoking I guess for them."
If you want to provide feedback to the agencies involved in the potential ban, you can do so until April 21st by following this link and taking the survey: http://survey.phdmc.org/index.php?sid=79945&lang=en
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