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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 that 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.

Thats Life July 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM
If it is because of picking up butts then i think eating and drinking should be banned as well, I see more empty soda bottles and sandwich wrappers than i see cig butts thrown around.
Thom Moses July 19, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Littering is already a crime. We don't need another law. They already ban alcohol, most states don't. Those who wish to smoke need to not throw the butts on the ground, the worst place is on streets esp at intersection, it's absolutely disgusting. So what's next, no smoking in your car. I hate the restaurant ban, I would prefer to leave it up to the business. I don't smoke.
Dynamo47 August 02, 2012 at 10:33 AM
I smoked and am in the midst of quitting. Went from a pack down to about 2. While we all know smoking is bad for us it is not the government's job to tell us what is good and what isn't good for us. That sets a dangerous precedent. What is to stop the government from banning alcohol as we have seen what happened the last time that happened? What is to stop the government from moving on to regulating pizza places, fast food restaurants, etc. Honestly breathing in the air is killing us. Leave a white paper plate outside for a day or two. It will be gray and mottled in two days simply from the air we breathe. The government needs to stick to governing and not dictating behaviors on it's citizens.
ullneverfindme August 13, 2012 at 10:12 PM
A lot of good intelligent arguments here, it gives you lots to think about before jumping to one side or the other.
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