Manchester, Conn. Might Ban Smoking at Town Events


What started as an issue with people smoking at an outdoor concert could turn into a complete ban on smoking at town events in the Manchester, Conn.

According to a report on, Pride and Heritage Committee organizers had asked the town’s directors for help curbing smoking at their event by way of banning smoking altogether in town parks and allowing them to post no smoking signs during the concert. Town directors have sent the request to an advisory board as they seek further details before making a decision.


It is the second time the proposal has been sent out for additional work, as in September the directors requested that the Advisory Recreation and Park Commission provide a recommendation. According to the report, Parks Directors Scott Sprague said he didn’t believe there was “widespread concern” over the issue, and that there were concerns about “government overreach.”

The current concern is about enforcement, as the report cited lax enforcement of alcohol restrictions that are already in place and some directors have reservations about passing another law that would be difficult to properly enforce.

One proposal for a resolution comes from Mayor Leo V. Diana, who suggested that “the group hosting the event should get to determine if smoking is allowed or not.”

Patrick Lagreid
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