City Council heard a draft ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city parks for the first time Monday night at a work session prior to its regular meeting.
City Administrator Eric Taylor said the request for the ban came from a Smyrna resident who became bothered by second-hand smoke in public parks.
The proposal Smyrna is considering doesn’t reach as far as an ordinance that was brought up in Kennesaw last fall banning smoking in all forms — cigars, cigarettes, pipes and e-cigarettes — on all city property as well as on street corners, bars, privately owned playgrounds, places of employment and other private property.
Kennesaw’s local government experienced a backlash from some residents who saw the ban as government overreach, and the proposed ordinance died.
Marietta also bans smoking in city parks. In Powder Springs, smoking is banned during city events. Acworth does not have an ordinance pertaining to smoking on city property.
Smyrna Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz says she gets calls from residents who are concerned about smoke in city parks on a regular basis.
“A lot of cities around the metro area have already done this,” Anulewicz said, noting Smyrna’s talks are still preliminary.
Smyrna Councilman Wade Lnenicka said the council has had some general discussions about designating smoke-free areas in the past but has never addressed a ban on city property.
He said he’s looking to have a discussion in the coming weeks about what Smyrna residents want to see.
“I think smoking is a deadly habit,” Lnenicka said, adding his mother smoked until she quit cold turkey 30 years ago.