WUFT News

Proposed bill aims to ban smoking in public parks

By on January 30th, 2013

A proposed Florida Senate bill aims to give local governments the power to ban smoking in public parks and playgrounds.

If the bill is passed, city of Gainesville officials will likely revisit the issue. The city placed signs for smoke-free zones in some public areas last year, but they’ve been largely ineffective because there is no way to enforce the violations.

Opponents of the bill said it infringes on their personal freedom to smoke in a public, outdoor area. Proponents of the bill believe it will be healthier for local children to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke in parks and playgrounds.

“If there is a place that they could have where they could smoke and places that are smoke-free, I would like that,” said Lori Dodson.

State Sen. Rob Bradley drafted the bill. Bradley represents Alachua, Bradford and Clay counties.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • Pingback: Diary Week 3 « Braddock, Serina

  • http://www.optimacigs.com/ Optima Cigs

    Smoking in public places should not be allowed, second hand smoke is as dangerous as smoking is.

  • http://www.southbeachsmoke.com/ South Beach Smoke

    It will be really frustrating for smoking people, they are also including electronic cigarette in these bans, leaving no choice for us.

 

More Stories in Local

Evergreen sign

Gainesville Cemetery Recognized as Historical Landmark

Gainesville’s Evergreen Cemetery, which has been active for 158 years and houses more than 10,000 graves, received the State of Florida Historical Marker on April 12.


April 18, 2014: Afternoon News in 90

A video roundup of local, state and national stories for readers in North Central Florida.


Alachua Tax Collector Von Fraser Dies at 76

Von Fraser, who has served as Alachua County’s Tax Collector for 33 years, died early Thursday morning at the age of 76.


Blueberries continue to adapt and thrive in Florida fields, and as a result new jobs are popping up around the state.

Blueberry Industry Brings Blossoming Job Opportunities

An increase in harvests of Florida blueberries helps economy in North Central Florida.


Concerns Raised About Corporal Punishment in North Central Florida Schools

Suwannee County School District has the highest number of corporal punishment incidents in Florida for the 2011-12 school year. Founder of Floridians Against Corporal Punishment in Public School has made Suwannee County the next goal of his civil rights campaign.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments