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Smoking at our parks

Original post made by Smiley Face, Del Prado, on Jun 28, 2013

In this day and age, it is hard to imagine anyone not knowing about the danger of second and third hand smoke. Yet, each day I walk around our parks, I see people lighting up. Many times these smokers are only 10-20 feet away from the playground area where children congregate. A few times I even see teenagers lighting up and smoking off some pipe, which I assume is weed. Am I the only one who thinks it is time for our city council to pass ordinance to ban smoking within our parks?

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Posted by Lighten Up
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:22 am


I do not smoke, nor do I like the smell of it.

A park is an open area. Although smoking is bad for your health, people that smoke should have a few places left where they can still light up their cancer sticks. An open area is the lesser of the evils.

Someone smoking in a park is much less annoying than stepping on dog poop that wasn't picked up.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 28, 2013 at 11:41 am

I don't care if somebody smokes in a park and I don't care if somebody steps on dog poop.

case get lost!

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

I don't smoke, but give me a break- ban smoking in parks. You are the only one, you sound a little uptight.

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Posted by anon
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I hate the smell of smoke and having to smell it when i am in public. And you know what, i shouldnt have to. It is bad enough smokers think 5 feet is 15 or 20 feet in front of businesses. And dont get me started on the cigarette butts all over the ground.

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Posted by zong
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I know in Val Vista the Teens to love to smoke dope at night. I call the police every time I see them. I hate to see the park turn into a drug park.

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Posted by DJ
a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

If you don't like the smoking then leave. it is out side and in a open space. People should be allowed to smoke. You are crazy to think you can get second hand smoke just because you walk past a someone that is smoking and you breath in a little smoke. Big deal. If it bothers you that much then leave the area. I hate Mexican ranchero music. I hate it when I am in my car and some person has that horrible ranchero music playing over their stereo system. It annoys me. Its noise pollution. But do you see me calling for the city council to ban that musical garbage? Nope. I roll up my windows.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

It's impolite, but shouldn't be illegal. Perhaps if you nicely ask the smoker to move, they will. If not, take it as a reason for why we've had to legislate politeness in today's society. But in the end, we can always leave.

In either case, it's a great lesson in social interaction for kids.

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Posted by Butt Out
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I agree 100% that smoking should be banned in all public places - parks, businesses, parking lots, sidewalks, restaurants, roadways, etc. You have no right to infringe on my right to clean air while using public places and right-of-ways, especially ones owned by the public.

I also don't get smokers who drive with their hand out the window holding their cigarette. Even THEY know that it is nasty and don't want it in their car. As far as I'm concerned you should all get in your cars, roll up the windows, turn your ventilation system on recirculate and then smoke yourselves to death. Now wouldn't that be fun?!

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Posted by Greg
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

It's amazing that anytime something is posted whether a person is venting or observing something they deem impolite all the "tough" Internet trolls come out. That's not the Pleasanton I knew,

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Smoking is obnoxious and bad for everyone; and the so-called pleasure smokers derive from it is the result of nicotine hijacking the brain's pleasure pathway, just like crack or any other addictive substance.

I also agree with Huh regarding the overweight segment of the population. Beyond the unsightliness are completely preventable complications such as diabetes and hypertension that are a costly drain on society's financial and healthcare resources, and devastating in terms of lost productivity.

Let's work to reduce both of these blights on the landscape of a society that can and should do better.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Since when does someone else's healthcare costs affect you?

Oh that's right, when government started "reducing the cost" of healthcare. I guess now we have the right to use the iron fist of government to stick fat people in boot camps so we won't bear the cost of their choices.

It's so progressive. Isn't fascism fun?

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Posted by full of gas
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 3, 2013 at 7:02 am

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Posted by Anthony R.H.
a resident of Civic Square
on Jul 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

The last time I checked cigarettes were still legal.

If you want to ban smoking, then ban cigarettes.

Until then...puf, puf, puf, smoke em' if you got em!

And REALLY...3rd hand smoke?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 3, 2013 at 3:55 pm


I see you are trying to sneak a straw man into the discussion. I did not suggest boot camp. It should be recognized, however, that programs designed to encourage healthy diets and rational eating have had little impact on recreational, binge and other calorie abusers. Our very own American Medical Association has declared obesity a disease, and it should be treated as such with gentle but firm care and compassion rather than as a crime through punishment and shame.

When you help an individual trapped by calorie abuse to recognize the health risks that obesity leads to, you manifest a degree of agape that approaches the Christian idea.


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Posted by Honestly
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Mike, lets be honest here. These people around Pleasanton know that they are fat and keep on eating. It is not a disease but rather a complete lack of willpower. If you are fat you know that everyone thinks you are fat and do something about it like reduce the amount of calories you are eating and get up and walk a bit.

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