No smoking in Fulton County parks after government ban

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No smoking in Fulton County parks after government ban

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Darrell Hooker (left), prepares for a tennis lesson with Scott Ross at Trammell Crow Park. “I want to know how they are going to enforce it” Ross said of the smoking ban. Fulton County has approved a smoking ban in county parks. Smokers will get $1,000 fine or jail time. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Fulton County has banned smoking in its parks. And anyone who is found lighting up could face a substantial fine —or even time in jail.

The ordinance, which went into effect last week, intends to diminish the effects of second-hand smoking.

Annual health care costs in Georgia related to second-hand smoke are nearly $200 million, according to the state Department of Public Health. The county estimated about 14 percent of residents are smokers.

In a county poll of nearly 1,000 residents, about three-quarters were in favor of smoke-free parks. In interviews, though, some thought the punishment was too high.

To read more about the no smoking law, click here.

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