New York City Wants to Prohibit Smoking on Beaches

Published on September 27th, 2010 11:57

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has already prohibited smoking in bars and restaurants, wants to implement a ban that would prohibit smoking in the majority of outdoor areas, as beaches, parks, malls and plazas as those around Times Square, in Brooklyn, on Ocean Parkway and also Broadway on the Upper West Side.

The given law that will be introduced to the City Council will cover all 1,700 parks, playgrounds, 14 miles of city beaches and not the least but the last public marinas, boardwalks and all public pedestrian malls and plazas.

The ban on smoking in parks and beaches was proposed by the City health officials not once, but the mayor seemed to be caught unawares by this idea and hasn’t implemented it. Only after he and his health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, analyzed the data presented by the researches, Mr. Bloomberg expressed his big concern about secondhand smoke at a news conference and stated that one poll confirmed that 65% of adults were with him.

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“The recently conducted research demonstrated that someone seated within three feet of a smoker was exposed to approximately the same levels of secondhand smoke as someone sitting indoors at the same distance. When New Yorkers go to beaches and parks to enjoy the fresh air, there for sure will be fresh air for them to breathe. No one likes their beaches being used as ashtrays,” he stated.

Mr. Bloomberg proposed a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars in 2002, when such cities as Chicago and Los Angeles, have already prohibited smoking in beaches and parks.

Still, Jack Regan, a heavy smoker, doesn’t like the idea. “What should I do?” Mr. Regan asked on Wednesday.

Lula Trainor, who stopped smoking four years ago, called this ban “stupid”. “It is outside; it is not like there is no ventilation. A person can always move away from a smoker, but they have the choice to smoke, “she stated.

But others approved this idea.” As a mother, I don’t want my children to see smoking and I think that this law is acceptable,” Melissa Sullivan stated. The proposal should be reviewed in public hearings before it can be adopted by the Council. Also according to officials there are some details that should be worked out, including the amount of fine that probably would be in the $50 range.

Recently Mr. Bloomberg declared that he would extend the ban to the urban landscape of outdoor pedestrian area.

The proposal would also cover various locations, city officials, including plazas in Chelsea, Dumbo and Lower Manhattan, and also malls in the middle of many large avenues.

At the news conference, the City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, who bears the ban, declared that the proposed ban is not meant to be a “gotcha.”

By Kevin Lawson, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2010 All rights reserved.

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