Denise Weeks was sitting outside at a restaurant and watched a man walking back and forth on the sidewalk smoking a cigarette, she said.
“I was really uncomfortable enough to want to move,” she said. “I think it’s appropriate that in our town parks and places where people congregate that this makes a lot of sense. It’s a hazardous thing to be exposed to that and the more we can regulate it and create safe places for people, the better off we all are.”
Those smokers will have a few less places to light up, chew or vape after the town council on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of tobacco products at town-owned recreation areas. The ordinance would be enforced by police officers, with fines of $50 for each violation. The banned areas include beaches, pools, picnic areas, athletic fields, the dog park, skate park, parking areas, town greens, the Addison Bog and Woodlands multiuse trail and the fairgrounds.
The council voted 8-1 in favor of the ordinance which goes into effect later this month. Councilman Kurt P. Cavanaugh was the lone no vote.
“I’m going to rely on the decency of people to do the right thing and not have to pass a law,” he said.
Glastonbury resident Vivian Pers was enjoying a walk at Riverfront Park Thursday morning with her friend Shana Belmont and applauded the council’s decision.
“It bothers me, especially at places like the beach,” Pers said. “I have three children and it’s secondhand smoke they are breathing in. Nobody wants that. When you are not used to smoke, it can be really unnerving. It really comes down to common courtesy. Hopefully this…
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