Colorado Editorials

Greeley Tribune: City Council right to explore open-space smoking ban

Author: Lisa Walton - April 21, 2018 - Updated: April 21, 2018

Greeley City Council members are considering a request that the city ban smoking in outdoor public areas like parks.

The initial reaction of the council members was favorable, and we share their sentiment. It makes sense. Parks are places for kids. They’re places for working out or taking a walk. They’re not places, generally, where you want to encounter someone smoking. And they’re not places anyone really needs to smoke.

The proposal for a smoking ban comes from the Youth Commission, a group of students that is part of Greeley’s Department of Culture, Parks and Recreation. Because it’s a resident-inspired change to the code, it would require a five-member, super-majority vote for the city council.

Lisa Walton