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Posted at 9:42 AM ET, 11/26/2010

Greenbelt expands smoking ban

By Washington Post editors

The Greenbelt City Council voted Monday to expand the city's ban on smoking inside recreational facilities like the city's swimming pool and dog park, and a ban on smoking near all public buildings might not be far behind The Gazette reports.

The ban also outlaws smoking within 25 feet of non-enclosed play areas such as ball fields, playgrounds and outdoor basketball courts. The 25-foot distance was based in part on research indicating secondhand smoke can affect people within a 23-foot radius, according to the city's Park and Recreation Advisory Board.

Read more about Greenbelt's decision to ban smoking near public buildings in The Gazette.

By Washington Post editors  | November 26, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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No smoking within 25 feet of a ballfield, playgrounds sounds nice, but like all these feel-good measures, enforcement will be the problem...If I get out of my car with a cigarette in hand going to a park and don't put it out, will there be a cop there to cite me????? I don't think so....

Will there be a yellow line marking 25 feet placed there???? I don't think so...

A gate maybe to remind me??? I don't think so....

We have more laws on the books to make people feel good but are not enforced...look at the hands free law in rigidly is that enforced??????

Posted by: pentagon40 | November 26, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

There is absolutely no danger from second-hand smoke even if the non-smoker is 12 inches away from the smoker

Posted by: snowbird1 | November 27, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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