Friday, May 18, 2007
Burning Questions about the Beach Smoking Ban
Let me begin by saying that I grew up with severe asthma and I am allergic to cigarette smoke.
Is the beach smoking ban about cigarette butts as litter or second hand smoke, or both?
If it's about litter then the ban won't be affective because the vast majority of the cigarette butts come from runoff from the streets and teenagers smoking at the beach after hours.
How many hours of manpower do our public works employees put into picking up cigarette butts off our beaches?
If it's about second hand smoke then we should consider a ban, even in an outdoor setting.
Should we have a complete ban on smoking at the beach, or have some smoking/non-smoking areas? For example, we don't want smoking at the Moonlight Beach Tot Lot but maybe it's okay if people smoke at the benches overlooking Moonlight Beach at the upper parking lot?
Surfing is blackballed between the two lifeguard towers during the summer and is for swimmers only. Should this be the non-smoking area and the beaches north or south allow smoking?
Who is smoking at the beach? The only people I see smoking are the young surfers in the parking lots. It used to be that NO surfers ever smoked cigarettes, but the next generation seems to be embracing it. This is wild because they are the generation that was targeted by unprecedented millions of dollars in anti-smoking education. I guess they are rebelling against that message.
The fire rings are extremely popular at Moonlight Beach, is there a health risk from the smoke from these fires? Is it less or worse than second hand smoke from the occasional cigarette?
What is the fine line between taking away the personal freedoms of a smoker out in public as opposed to my freedom to not breathe in crappy smoke that was already in somebody's gunky lungs?
Does the snack stand at Moonlight Beach sell cigarettes?
Speaking of air pollution, the coast highway is getting busier and busier every summer. What effect is thousands and thousands of idling cars having on our local air quality?
What would happen if a leashless dog smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer out of a glass bottle was riding a horse at the beach???
Jerome Stocks op-ed in SDUT: Let Encinitas citizens decide smoking ban
Encinitas councilman wants beach smoking ban on ballot
Leucadia Blog: UNION-TRIBUNE EDITORIALS
SDUT story: Smoking debate resurfaces
Letters from Encinitas council persons Houlihan and Barth in Union Tribune. (scroll down)