Tuesday, March 3, 2009

No Smoking in Norman

Natalie Vaughn smoking outside. (Photo by Colbi Beam)

Elise Lippe, non-smoker, on the issue

The Norman City Council is considering a smoking ban in public parks and some students are torn as to how they feel about this issue.

The city council has asked the city staff members to create a bill banning cigarrette smoking and other types of tobacco use in public parks due to tobacco's adverse effect on others.

"I think that it would be OK in children's play grounds," Natalie Vaughn, smoker, said. "But I don't think it should necessarily be the entire area. I mean, if you can't smoke outside where can you smoke?"

The city staff members are currently drawing up an ordinance and if it passes it will be banned. If citizens have an opinion on this they can contact Mayor Cindy Rosenthal by email: mayor@NormanOK.gov or call her at 405-366-5402.

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