The list of major cities that don’t allow smoking in public parks is set to get a little longer as Atlanta lawmakers passed a public parks smoking ban on Monday night.
The outdoor smoking ban, which passed a City Council vote by a 12-1 margin, will immediately take effect after Mayor Kasim Reed signs the legislation. It’s been reported that Reed supports such a smoking ban, so it’s unlikely he will veto the bill.
In addition to prohibiting smoking in all of Atlanta’s public outdoor parks, the measure states that violators face up to a $1,000 fine, and could even go to jail for six months or be forced into community service.
While public parks are covered by the ban, private parks are not. Smoking will still be legal in Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Park Tavern, Chastain Park Amphitheatre and the parts of Oakland Cemetery that are privately owned.