Around two weeks ago, the City of Atlanta passed a ban on smoking in the city parks. If you just had a “hand to forehead” moment, you’re not alone. Many residents in Woodstock, where our cigar shop is located, commute to Atlanta every day for work. Occasionally, couples will drive downtown to enjoy a date night or watch a Braves game. Whatever reason you may have for making your way to Atlanta, it has just become much tougher for you to take a break and enjoy a cigar while there.
Here is what the ban means to those of us who like to enjoy a cigar in the city:
- Smoking, or walking with a lit tobacco product, will result in a fine of up to $1000, six months in jail, or community service.
- The ban affects all city outdoor parks, rec facilities (public golf courses, too), and hiking trails.
Atlanta isn’t the first of our neighbors around the area of Woodstock to impose restrictions on smoking. Cities such as Alpharetta, Roswell, and Marietta also have smoking bans in public parks and places.
The vote by the Atlanta City Council passed 11-1. The lone councilman against the smoking ban was Howard Shook from Buckhead. He is quoted as saying, “I am concerned about turning our city code into a guide for preferred manners and lifestyle tips.”
Where are some of your favorite places to enjoy a cigar? Do you have any tips to other smokers about maintaining cigar etiquette while in public?