The Reston 'Smokeout'?

There is a grassroots movement to get Reston Association to ban smoking on the bike paths.

Thursday, Nov. 17 is the American Cancer Society's 36th Annual Great American Smokeout, a day to encourage cigarette smokers to kick the habit.

In Reston, one man is on a campaign to get to ban smoking on the bike paths.

RA already prohibits smoking on its properties such as pools, lakes and playgrounds. However, Reston resident Gary Nobles wants the paths smoke-free as well.

"One way that Reston Association can help to protect all of our fellow RA Members from the serious health dangers resulting from involuntary public exposures to secondhand tobacco smoke is to pass a “100% Smoke-Free / Tobacco-Free” policy on all of our shared outdoor RA Common Areas," Nobles said in one of many recent emails to RA board members.

"In addition, the successful passage of this proposed legislation would also help to protect the health and safety of our shared RA Common Area natural environments by greatly reducing the amount of littered cigarette butts [an EPA recognized toxic waste], as well as a potential fire hazard in these natural areas."

Nobles is encouraging residents to sign an online petition on the subject. Click here to access the petition.

Reston Association President Kathleen Driscoll McKee says there are several reasons the board remains unconvinced that this is a pressing issue.

"We are not convinced that we have the staffing ability on all 55 miles of pathways to enforce this," Driscoll McKee said. "We have agreed that none of us have registered a significant amount of infractions. From time to time, sure, people smoke, but I once counted and saw no one. At this point, I just don't think it is serious enough."

HarleyGirl November 19, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Only 130 have signed the petition, so it doesn't appear to be a pressing issue for the other 50,000 residents of Reston! Why do Mr. Nobles and his petition keep getting so much press attention?
Karen Goff November 19, 2011 at 11:43 PM
This is the first we have written about it
Jonathan Erickson November 19, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Let me just say it has nothing to do with being politically correct. Hasn't the pendulum swung to far? Give smokers their own space and let the non-smokers stay away. Moral police here are blocking smokers rights. Wait while I get my Beech-nut so I can spit in his eye!!!
Dorothea November 20, 2011 at 06:38 PM
what's a beech-nut?
Jonathan Erickson November 20, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Dorothea there is a pretty good Hank Williams jr song where his refers to Beech-nut chewing tobacco that he was going to spit in the eye of the person who killed his best friend. I think the title was A Country Boy Can Survive.


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