Should smoking be banned at Atlantic Station?

Midtown mixed-use development poses the question to its facebook followers

On Saturday, the Atlantic Station facebook page posted the following statement and question?

We're considering a ban on smoking at Atlantic Station but we want your opinion first: Yes OR No?

Within the first 14 hours, more than 270 people ‘liked’ the post and more than 225 people had left a comment. Not surprisingly, the answers varied:

  • Sure! Emory just launched their smoke-free campaign. Even though those who smoke may feel discriminated against, technically you're helping them kick a very expensive, bad-for-their health and others habit.
  • Yes... please bannnnn smoking on the property... It hard walking behind someone and a wind of smoke hits you in the face , i dont wanna smell like SMOKE newports or cigars.
  • Yes please! I'm an employee in Atlantic Station and I don't think banning smoking would hurt business at all! Let the smokers smoke in their cars to keep their hazardous habit contained.

But others were not on board with a ban:

  • Ugh. Please. Whatever happened to personal freedom?
  • NO! And I'm a NON-SMOKER. The anti-smoking movement is more about the need to control others than it is about health.
  • Eliminate alcohol too...no more bars, and sweet tea, in fact eliminate everything containing sugar, and caffeine too...and how about telling us what to wear, and think...give me a break.

What do you think? Do you think Atlantic Station should ban smoking?

ChadK June 04, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I'm personally getting sick of Atlantic Station evolving into the outdoor mall that the new owners claimed to be trying to get away from the image of. First they added kiosks, then a concierge, then "you are here" markers, now a blanket non-smoking policy. Every one of these elements is straight out of a mall. I myself am a non-smoker so I would prefer to keep smoking to the outdoor areas, but I think the policies should be handled by the individual establishments. This whole "A.S. is private property and we can set whatever rules we like to this entire area of town blah blah blah..." has worn out it's welcome on me. Are they trying not to be part of this city? Atlantic Station needed some help from where it was, but the changes have gone way too far in the other direction.
Bill Palmer June 05, 2012 at 11:44 AM
What is wrong with "evolving into an outdoor mall"? One of the most popular and delightful spots in Pasadena, CA as well as Southern California is the Paseo Colorado, an outdoor mall which the heart of Atlantic Station resembles and surpasses. I lived in the Paseo for 8 years, best time of my life, always lots of outdoor activity instead of having one of these giant boxes such as Phipps or Lenox.
ChadK June 05, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Nothing "wrong" with it but I personally would like to see A.S. considered an area of town not an island unto itself which is the direction NAP seems to be determined to go. If you look at A.S. from that perspective these changes and enforcements seem silly... Equate it to the 12th and Midtown project banning smoking from the corner of 11th/Peachtree to 14th/Peachtree (I know they don't go to 14th, but you see my point). As someone who moved to the Midtown West when A.S. was being built (because I was so excited about the concept), and someone who goes there at least 3 times a week I find the transformation a little disgusting.
SIM June 05, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Who in their right mind would go to Atlantic Station anyway?
Patch June 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Let the dollars and people speak. Most people, including myself, support the smoking ban, which they passed. Smokers that actually visit Atlantic Station can just leave the property or don't shop at A.S. if this change upsets them. The demographic that A.S. is chasing is mostly non-smoking, now that they are chasing out the club crowd. If A.S. retail sales drops from this change, than they can revert back to allowing smoking. No need to get all worked up over this... this change is not as big of a deal as when A.S. considered charging everyone for parking unless they bought something. Glad that was overturned. Nooone walks to A.S since the north is a railroad track the south and west are sketchy and the 17th street bridge is a long walk from Midtown.


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