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Officials of Yokohama City have proposed a ban on smoking at all roughly 2,700 parks they manage, including popular tourist spots, with violators facing fines of 50,000 yen. What do you think of this proposal?

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Do that nationwide, but be sure to enforce fines.

Many parks already have no smoking ordinance or signs, but you'll always see some old codger ruining the peace and tranquility by stinking up his surroundings with a cigarette.

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Aside from a fine, give offenders alternatives too such as doing community service or a bit of punishment, be it psychological or physical (50 push ups or have them clean up the park they littered themselves should do the trick). I am for this and let this be a test tube for a nationwide implementation.

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Of course I don't support it! When I want to connect with nature and spend time at the park, the first thing I want is to drown my lungs in second-hand smoke like God intended.

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Ban on NO Smoking in ALL public places including sports stadiums, parks etc. been in place where I live in California for over 30 years.

Also no smoking outside 25 feet of public places including offices, restaurants and bars.

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Personally, I don't have a problem with someone smoking outside as long as there's a little distance between us.

It's good they're coming down harder on second-hand tobacco smoke, but I wish they'd lighten up on marijuana persecution and regulations.

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It’s a deal, make weed legal (and expunge my record) and they can poison themselves all they want…just make sure I’m upwind of them

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Blatant abuse of civil rights outside.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

50,000yen is far to low. It should be 300000 yen or more. This should be nation wide.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

I pay taxes to clean the street. I should be allowed to smoke 'somewhere' at leisure. Even if it s a an area reserved for smokers.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

I pay taxes to clean the street. I should be allowed to smoke 'somewhere' at leisure. Even if it s a an area reserved for smokers.

How are the paying of taxes to clean the streets and smoking connected? You throw your butts on the ground.

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Smokers should have to eat their butts so as not to litter and get their nicotine fix.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Osaka please, this place a literal dump hole full of smokers with black teeth and smelly breath.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

I'd be for a nationwide ban, though I'm not sure how much it would actually be enforced.

I pay taxes to clean the street.

And so the streets get cleaned.

??

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Smoking stinks ban it!

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Stop selling ciggies in all the convenience stores. Make the addicts crawl to an isolated store somewhere far away from other oxygen breathers.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Smokers sink and pollute people personal space and so do foreigners with their body odour and perfumes. Japanese rarely smell of body odour because they lose the ability due to not having active apocrine sweat glands in Adulthood. The smelly foreigners pollute peoples personal space also. Our scent is a mix of B,O, and cheap perfumes which make me gags when us smelly westerners get too close.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Drivers, barbecue people, people wearing perfume, people drinking coffee and/or alcohol, people having noisy children, children, noisy people, pollen allergic, ill people... must be so sad to ear they are going to be banned to park. Because they are right alongside smoker, if we are talking about protecting other health/wellbeing/confort/... we have no choice.

We all know how unhealthy are automobile or so gaz. And the barbecue such a big amount of smoke/olfactive pollution. Perfume is an know allergen. Coffee smell is insufferable for several. Alcohol can make you dizzy just from it emanation. Noise pollution is a serious problem which could bring severe physical and psychological damage. When someone cough/sneeze they eject lot of bacteria/microbe/... even worse if they are actually ill, endangering all the people around. ... Targeting smoker moreover with a totally unaffordable fine is just easy bulling.

Ban smoking where it is actually logical, work on education, issue warning and ticket but progressive fine only for repeated offender (you can offer class as a way to educate), create nice and easily accessible smoking area, ... cut salary of the people which came with the idea of a 50000 fine, they really seems like they have lost sense of reality ; start looking into the city expenditure, they seems to have some issue understanding value of money.

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The reason I don't think smoking should be banned in parks is that there are other things that are harmful to me that other people enjoy doing in parks that can be harmful to me but I would never advocate for banning them. I just take actions to avoid the people doing those things. Everyone's happy.

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