By April Hunt
The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionNo more puffing away in DeKalb County parks.
A year after snuffing out an effort at a ban in all public places, the County Commission Tuesday approved banning smoking from playgrounds, parks and service lines such as for ATMs, effective Wednesday.
But smokers still will be able to light up in bars and strip clubs — the source of last year’s controversy.
“The best action at this point is to move in gradual steps,” said the health board director, Dr. Elizabeth Ford, who pushed for the ban. “Having our playgrounds and parks safe is at least a first step in protecting in our entire community.”
The move sees DeKalb following much smaller communities such as Alpharetta, Roswell and Marietta that have banned outdoor smoking in their jurisdictions.
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