New York extends smoking ban

2011-02-03 13:14

New York - New York's City Council approved a law on Wednesday that extends a smoking ban to municipal parks, beaches and other pedestrian zones such as Times Square.

"This summer, New Yorkers who go to our parks and beaches for some fresh air and fun will be able to breathe even cleaner air and sit on a beach not littered with cigarette butts," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the vote.

"By voting to prohibit smoking in all 1 700 city parks and 23km of beaches, the City Council will help us protect more New Yorkers from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke - particularly children who suffer from asthma."

The measure, approved by a vote of 36-12, goes into effect three months after the mayor signs it. Violators will be fined $50.

Bloomberg said the new law builds on anti-tobacco efforts since the city banned smoking in bars and restaurants nine years ago.

"Our efforts over the last nine years have resulted in more than 350 000 fewer smokers, and contributed to New Yorkers living 19 months longer than they did in 2002," he said.

Smokers' rights groups had protested the measure as an infringement on their liberties.

But City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the law protects the health of city residents.

"The statistics don't lie: second hand smoke kills," she said. "With this bill, all New Yorkers can now breathe easier and breathe cleaner air. No one should have to inhale deadly cigarette smoke when they go to a park or beach."

  • Barry - 2011-02-03 13:57

    Good for them. Iwished they would inforce it here in SA

      Snoek - 2011-02-03 14:11

      I agree.

  • plesciag - 2011-02-03 14:15

    All I can say is, brilliant!! Wish that they could do that all over the world! If you want to smoke smoke in your own house!

  • Paul - 2011-02-03 14:17

    Wow a whole 350 000 in 9 years who are they kidding

  • Francois - 2011-02-03 14:19

    something i dont understand. at newlands rugby stadium, you are banned from smoking in the stands, but allowed to smoke in the walkways that lead to the stands.

  • DaveO - 2011-02-03 14:35

    Great idea. nothing as irritating as sitting on the beach with the kids and picking the stompies out the sand castles and having the clean ocean air polluted by some inconsiderate puffer parked on the upwind side of the whole swimming area. Come on Durban - follow this example.

  • Iamwhy - 2011-02-03 15:11

    @ DaveO - and you drove your car to get there??

      TrevD - 2011-02-03 15:58

      Not to mention 75 000 taxis...

      DaveO - 2011-02-03 17:01

      yep, but I didn't stick a hose on the exhaust pipe and feed it to my kids. There's a big difference between acceptable and non-acceptable pollution. Smoking near kids, leaving butts on the beach and comments like yours, are all in the same category.

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-04-20 16:57

    What about all the car's exhaust smoke these poor little f***head kids inhale?!?!?

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