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Vancouver bans all tobacco products in city parks

Tuesday 6th December 2011, posted by forest

Vancouver City Council has approved a total ban on tobacco products in city parks.

Public health officials set it up as a fight against the [alleged] carcinogenic effects of secondhand smoke, as well as a public health policy statement about the overall dangers of tobacco.

Residents were divided on the issue. 

“It’s discriminating against a certain group of people,” said Vancouver resident Amy May, who lived in Esther Short Commons and is not a smoker. “It reminds me of not allowing people of color to be in certain areas …it’s a subtle form of assault. It’s an issue of bias against the poor who live downtown.”

Florence Wager, who has been a longtime advocate for parks, pleaded with the council to get rid of smoking. Smokers get by fine on cross-country flights, and in bars and restaurants, all of which now prohibit smoking. “I sincerely believe that parks are for healthy living,” Wager said.

The council ultimately rallied around a total ban on all tobacco products in city parks.

“I’m excited and nervous right now, because I’ve wanted something like this for practically all my life,” Councilor Jeanne Harris said before casting her vote to ban tobacco. “(Smoking) makes me gag just thinking about it. It is just something I can’t see us saying its OK to do. It’s not about rights or discrimination. It’s about health.”

Source: The Columbian (5 December 2011)

 

Comments:

Joyce
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""I sincerely believe that parks are for healthy living,” Wager said."

Actually, I believe that they are for the enjoyment of all taxpayers, irrespective of their attitutdes towardsanything.
Simon
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"Florence Wager, who has been a longtime advocate for parks, pleaded with the council to get rid of smoking. Smokers get by fine on cross-country flights, and in bars and restaurants, all of which now prohibit smoking. “I sincerely believe that parks are for healthy living,” Wager said."

Cross-country flights are difficult to just pop out of the plane, smokers weigh these things up among all other aspects of flying (as would anyone) and take actions to help. Like someone on a long haul flight buying support stockings.
Bars and restaurants people get by because they CAN pop out into the open air to have a smoke.

Councilor Jeanne Harris said before casting her vote to ban tobacco. “(Smoking) makes me gag just thinking about it. It is just something I can’t see us saying its OK to do. It’s not about rights or discrimination. It’s about health.”

Evidently Jeanne Harris is anti smoking and would not be able to see any reason why someone would. In fact the comment about it making her gag is the sort I generally hear more from ex-smokers than lifelong non-smokers.
If it is so much about health, why just the parks? If they claim it's because the council own them, they own the streets and pavements too, no? Are they banning cars or alcohol?
This ban turns City parks from public to private places. Your entrance fee is not your taxes, but your agreement not to smoke.
It might be worth a group of Vancouver smokers starting a class action for a refund on the tax that goes to the upkeep of the parks.
Etta
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Created the greatest airctles, you have.
Logical
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“I’m excited and nervous right now, because I’ve wanted something like this for practically all my life,” Councilor Jeanne Harris said before casting her vote to ban tobacco.


This statement shows a sign of MENTAL INSTABILITY and Obsession. VERY dangerous for the human species.
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