At Large Chicago to Smokers: Our Beaches Aren’t Your Ashtrays Anymore
posted by October 18 at 9:34 AMon
My hometown makes news:
Smoking is now off limits at beaches, parks and playground in Chicago.
The park district board voted unanimously Wednesday to pass the ban. It takes effect immediately. The penalty for violating the ban is a $500 fine….
“I have a lot of sympathy for smokers, but not when second-hand smoke affects the health of other people,” Park District Superintendent Tim Mitchell said. Proponents also say cigarette butts and filters damage the environment. During a three hour cleanup of city beaches last month, they say they found some 35,000 butts in the sand.
Second hand smoke at beaches seems like a reach, but… uh… all the butts in the sand is kind of gross. But even this non-smoking fascist wonders where the anti-smoking bans stop. Cities are banning smoking in cars with children, on beaches, in bars and clubs, and there’s talk of banning smoke in apartments (it creeps under doors and down halls). But, you know, all those butts in the sand is gross.
And this is going to lead to some interesting 911 calls and a few shootings:
Enforcement relies on citizens to turn smokers in to police.
That sounds like a good plan.
And it’s amazing that this ban takes effect immediately while the state of Illinois’ long overdue ban on smoking bars and clubs doesn’t go into effect until January 1, 2008.