Teen Smoking Ban – For or Against?

This has been a hot topic of late, maybe it will spark some interest in the forums…

The basic gist of the story as I know it is that Mayor Pettyjohn, the Borough Council, and the Lititz Police Department all endorse a proposed LOCAL ordinance to ban smoking in public places for all minors. While it is currently illegal for minors to purchase tobacco products, it is not illgal for them to use them. A public hearing on this ordinance is scheduled for some date in the future to be announced.

At this point I am against the proposed smoking ban. If this type of ordinance gets passed, how soon before the ‘fatty foods ban’ goes into effect or what about the ‘loud talking ban’.

For an area that is so strongly Republican, a political party that promotes smaller government, how can an expansion of municipal authority into the personal lives of our children be tolerated?

How would we all feel if the Borough Council passed an ADULT Smoking Ban for all public places in Lititz? That doesn’t sit so well does it?

Some food for thought, feel free to express your opinions and maybe I’ll come around to the other side of the issue.

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