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Author: Patrick Fox The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta is considering a tobacco ban at its six city parks and along its more than six miles of greenway trails.
And the City Council appears to be on board.
The city's Recreation and Parks Commission originally proposed banning all tobacco use within 25 feet of organized activities, such as athletic events. But City Council members said at a work session Monday that a complete ban made more sense.
Mayor Arthur Letchas said that determining whether someone is 24 feet or 25 feet from a sporting event would simply be too hard to enforce.
"I don't really see a problem in eliminating it in all our parks," Letchas said. "With kids involved, I think we need to set an example."
Currently, the parks department has posted "No-Smoking" signs at sites in the parks, but no official policy exists regulating tobacco on the premises.
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