Atlanta Is The Largest Southern City To Ban Smoking In Public Parks

The Atlanta City Council approved a ban last week on smoking in public parks, and the punishment for breaking the new policy — up to $1,000 fine, six months in jail, or community service — is even harsher than in New York. While the South still leads the nation in cigarette use, the ban also makes Atlanta the largest southern city to ban smoking in public parks. The New York Times reports that about 200 southern towns have outlawed smoking in bars, restaurants, or work places in recent years, and last year, cities in Alabama passed more smoking bans than in any other state.