Fri., July 6, 2012 2:57pm (EDT)

Atlanta Considers City Park Smoking Ban
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
An Atlanta city council committee is set to consider a ban on smoking in city parks on Tuesday. If the committee approves the ban, it would then need approval from the full city council and Reed’s signature to become law. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/superfantastic/166215927/>SuperFantastic via Flickr</a>.)
An Atlanta city council committee is set to consider a ban on smoking in city parks on Tuesday. If the committee approves the ban, it would then need approval from the full city council and Reed’s signature to become law. (Photo Courtesy of SuperFantastic via Flickr.)
Atlanta officials are set to consider banning smoking in city parks.

City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd, a co-sponsor of the legislation, said it took a while for the parks department to convince her the ban is a good idea. But seeing adults smoking near kids at a park and widespread smoking during a festival in Piedmont Park changed her mind.

Smoking bans have been considered by many municipalities in recent years, but they're not without controversy.

Mayor Kasim Reed supports the proposed ban. But city officials acknowledge there could be vigorous debate.

A city council committee is set to consider the ordinance Tuesday. If the committee approves the ban, it would then need approval from the full city council and Reed’s signature to become law.