Poll: Ban Smoking at State Parks?

What do you think about plans to ban smoking at Pennsylvania state parks?

A trial ban on smoking will be imposed at two Pennsylvania state parks next year in response to complaints about litter.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says park visitors are complaining about cigarette butts discarded in lakes and on beaches. Maintenance workers end up spending a lot of time collecting butts, especially ones from filtered cigarettes which take longer to biodegrade.

Officials have not said yet which of the state's 120 parks will have the experimental smoking ban.

What do you think? Vote in our poll and add your comments below.

tamarya July 19, 2012 at 01:44 PM
How can you apply smoking to kids that will wind up hit and killed by a car eventually. And nowhere did I claim they were thugs, and apparently you have no problem with them possibly getting hit, however nyou would be bothered by my cigarette. Yup makes sense to me.
tamarya July 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM
And you don't see me arguing at meetings to take them off of the street, just don't go suing me if one rides in front of my car and gets hit.
Angie Haas July 19, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Where do you see in my comment anything about your smoking? You have the right to smoke just as they have a right to skate. I am just pointing out your hipocritical views. As for suing, again you are generalizing everyone. Not everyone is sue happy. Courtesy & respect should be shown to everyone not just ones who share your views. I would appreciate if people would stop putting labels on everyone & look at them as individuals. You smoke, I do not. I don't think you are disgusting or a litter bug, because I do not know you. You do not know all these kids. Some smokers litter, some skaters are disrepectful.
tamarya July 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Angie my point would be like if I did know you and was on your property with my kids and my kids were doing something where they could hurt themselves and you told them to stop. You would have every right to do that because it would affect you, the same way if I would be in an accident with those kids it would affect me, even if not sued, a highlight of my day would not be a child bouncing off my car. We are talking safety there. People complaininng about cigarettes would be like if I would complain about fireworks, I have hated those things since a child but I am not going to sit and argue them to be banned. I do not like people overloading with perfume, but I am not going to fight perfume to be banned and that basically causes sinus issues like for some a cigarette would cause. We are comparing safety to nit picking with the 2. I do agree courtesy is a fix for everything, including the cigarettes, perfume and fireworks even. However some people give no courtesy for either, but we deal with the last 2 things I stated, just not the cigarettes.
tamarya July 19, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Oh yeah and my point with the food, food draws wildlife, which can sometimes cause attacks with wildlife, now you got someone bit by wildlife plus then you have people complaining when the wildlife gets killed. However banning food from a park would be ridiculious, people usually go to a park to picnic, however it still could cause a problem.


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