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‘Santee Is Ashtray of San Diego,’ Says American Lung Association PR Rep

U-T San Diego story fans the flames of debate over city lacking ban on outdoor smoking in parks.

Is Santee the ashtray of San Diego?

That’s the contention of Debra Kelley, a spokeswoman for the American Lung Association, whose annual State of Tobacco Control Report Card flunked the city because it stands alone—allowing smoking in parks.

Her comments in a U-T San Diego report Thursday reignited a debate raging in Santee between foes and backers of parks smoking, typified by a letter to Patch from Mayor Randy Voepel and recent blog post by Joe Spencer, who spoke at Wednesday night's City Council meeting on the subject.

The U-T quoted Kelley as saying: “We are so sorry that the inaction of elected officials have made Santee the ashtray of San Diego. It’s a shame since this is a community that seems to take great pride in the quality of life for its residents.”

Joe Spencer March 19, 2012 at 11:24 PM
@Rick...you are being ridiculous with these posts. Once again a false statement. "You haven't done anything to improve the other schools as of yet, but "plan" on it because you have been called out in a public forum" My email was sent the same day that they went to do the repairs last week which was friday march 9th. Thats the email which I copied a portion of in my last post. In it I clearly state that I hope they do the other schools in the same timely manner. Again that was on March 9th...so how exactly is that reacting to "being called out in a public forum" when it wasnt even discussed in this forum until March 19th some 10 days after?
Mary March 20, 2012 at 07:28 PM
And this discussion continues in a new article "The Smoking Gun: My Take on Lighting Up in Santee Parks" in the Tuesday edition of the PATCH.
Motivated Santee Citizen March 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I have one question for the smokers: If you know that smoking is very bad for your health and costs a lot of money per month to do, why do you continue to smoke, and part two of my question would be; why did you ever start smoking in the first place?
Kathy March 27, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Because Smokers enjoy smoking. Why do people buy Alcohol, because they like it. Majority of smokers in their 50's + years began because it was the cool thing to do. If you have never been a smoker then you have no idea what you are speaking of. Smoking is also a pain reliever and mental relaxer.
Kathy March 27, 2013 at 08:43 PM
I appreciate that the Santee City Council will NOT be Bullied into anything they don't agree with. The other cities were too weak to stand their ground and support our Rights. PUBLIC PARKS are key word which means Anyone can enjoy the Parks, not just the ones who think they own the Parks. Our Parks are very large, there is plenty of room for ALL of us. Geez, what would the Non-Smoking Holier Then Thou do if they didn't have this to whin about? Hey, I have an ideal, do something worth while and go after all of the Pot Smokers or do you approve your children to inhale that Marijuana smoke? I just hate whiners, they are just weak and have no life. Life is short, enjoy it.

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