ATLANTA (WAOK/AJC)-A ban on public smoking in Atlanta is one step closer to reality. A committee of the Atlanta City Council easily passed a measure Tuesday to outlaw smoking in public parks.

If passed by the full council the ban  would cover playgrounds, athletic fields, aquatic areas, tennis courts, golf courses, walking trails and playgrounds.

The measure has support from health conscious groups including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the American Heart Association.

According to the AJC,  Alpharetta, Decatur, Doraville, Douglasville, Duluth, Gainesville, Marietta and Roswell are among the local cities that have already enacted legislation prohibiting smoking in public parks. Clayton, Douglas, Forsyth and Henry counties also have done so.  Norcross recently struck down an anti-smoking measure only a month after passing it.

The measure now goes to the full council which could vote on the issue by next week. The ban would take effect immediately if the council approves it and Mayor Kasim Reed signs it.

A few well known entertainment venues would be exempt from the outdoor smoking ban. The committee approved an exception for Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Park Tavern in Piedmont Park and Chastain Park Amphitheatre.


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