Save all of us from ourselves

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  1. Terri Buckner

     /  March 26, 2012

    I fully support the smoking ban in public parks and wish they would include sidewalks too. The problem, as with the current campus and hospital ban, is enforcement. I’m not saying that campus/hospital police don’t enforce, but I’ve never seen it done. The times when I have reminded individuals of the ban, I’ve either been ignored or suffered an angry response. There is no comparison to smoking and fried foods. Fried foods negatively impact the eater; smoking impacts everyone in the surrounding area.

  2. Fred Black

     /  March 26, 2012

    Fried foods and smoking both have health ramifications, and we cannot forget what it costs the majority of us because of the poor health choices that people make.

  3. John Kramer

     /  March 26, 2012

    Glad to see the nanny state is so very “healthy” in Chapel Hill”.

  4. DOM

     /  March 26, 2012

    A vote for the local “traditional family call exception” cell ban is a vote for NC Amendment #1.

  5. Deborah Fulghieri

     /  March 26, 2012

    I do think a family-member exception to the cell phone ban is funny. After all, who can distract one more thoroughly than a family member? Who presses your buttons best?

  6. Terri Buckner

     /  March 26, 2012

    It’s a done deal. They passed it 5-4. No handhelds or wireless cell phones while driving in Chapel Hill, effective June 1. I believe it was Jon De Hart who said he wanted to get the first ticket.

  7. Road Warrior

     /  March 26, 2012

    Cell Phone Ban is unenforceable. Nice to know in a budget crunch and an election year, we do something stupid to fire up the right.

    When are my fellow Liberals going to stop being so strategically dumb?

    In other news, as a former smoker, I hate smoking in parks. There are kids playing and it is not healthy.

  8. Jon DeHart

     /  March 26, 2012

    I do indeed and plan to appeal it.

  9. Joe

     /  March 27, 2012

    “as a former smoker, I hate smoking in parks. There are kids playing and it is not healthy.”

    I’m no statistician, but I’ve got to bet that the danger from a person driving while talking has got to be many, many magnitudes greater than the danger from a smoker, outside.