Talk of Derry playground smoking ban includes elsewhere in town
LIBBY LEBLANC ...favors a townwide ban
There is a state law regulating indoor smoking, and there isn't anything in New Hampshire statutes that prevents the town from imposing an outdoor smoking ban, said Ann Rice, deputy attorney general.
"I don't think it should be taken away from them. Everybody has the right to do what they want," Macphee said. "But when children are involved, with playgrounds or schools, they should do it away from the kids."
"I think the ban probably is a good idea, if nothing other than to try and protect the kids more," Baker said. "I'm not totally convinced that second-hand smoke is what they say it is. My personal opinion is we're going too far protecting us from stuff that right now I think is still not proven. I'm not totally convinced that secondhand smoke is an issue.
"Secondhand smoke is not good for anybody, especially if you have to walk through the cloud of it and I'm a reformed non-smoker so I don't like it at all."
Mike Kral favored banning smoking at playgrounds, parks and the dog park.
"I think they should ban smoking in public parks. Children shouldn't be exposed to that," he said.
Ed Smith, an ex-smoker, said, "I haven't had a cigarette in about 25 years. If someone else is outside and enjoying a cigarette, it it does bother me, I can walk away. There's got to be some give and take. If you're offended by smoke or have a health problem you can either ask the person to move a few feet to the right or left or you can do it. But to come out and make a law to say you can't smoke period is just ridiculous. That's just another right they are taken away from us."
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