Derry mom wants smokers banned from public playground after recent encounter
"We like to go out to be healthy, get fresh air, get some exercise — so this really just seems counterproductive when we are exposed to second-hand smoke," Nicole Bump said during Tuesday night's public forum session of the council meeting.
Before coming to Tuesday's meeting, Bump said she spoke to Councilor Al Dimmock about second-hand smoke at playgrounds; Dimmock had told her smoking isn't allowed at public schools or school playgrounds.
Dimmock, who smoked cigarettes for 45 years and quit 10 years ago, thanked Bump for speaking. The councilor mentioned his own experience with smoking, adding that second-hand smoke affected his wife, who never smoked.
He said the council has a right to say "they'll be no smoking on any town property."
But some councilors were hesitant to go that far.
He added, "At the same time, I want to be very clear — I don't want Derry to turn into the anti-smoking Gestapo."
"I just don't want to go off the rail here, and this discussion seems like it's going there quick."
"But let's not forget we live in New Hampshire — Live Free or Die — and I don't want this to become Cambridge (Mass.)," Martin said. "We moved out of Massachusetts for the freedoms that New Hampshire provides its citizens."
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