Grace Period To Kick Off LIRR Platform Smoking Ban Which Begins On Sunday

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island Rail Road’s ban on platform smoking begins on Sunday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted in September to prohibit smoking in most outdoor areas of LIRR stations.

For now, those who disregard the ban will get off with a warning.

The MTA told Newsday it’s not clear when the grace period will end. When it does, violators will face $50 fines and up to 30 days in jail.

The new policy complies with a new state law signed in August prohibiting smoking at outdoor “ticketing, boarding or platform areas” of the MTA’s two commuter railroads — the LIRR and Metro-North Railroad.

Smoking inside LIRR trains has been banned since 1990.

What do you think of the smoking ban? Sound off below in our comments section…

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  1. aikoaiko3 says:

    Unfortunately the “sphere” of a smoker is not within those “five steps away” that smokers often like to cite. If you can smell it halfway down the block (which you can) then you’re inhaling second-hand smoke. The smoke hangs there in the stagnant air for several minutes. Ever walk down the street and suddenly smell stagnant smoke, with no smokers in sight? How about under a construction bridge… that smoke stays there all day!

    Nicotine is an addictive drug, and cigarettes are the worst type of delivery system for it.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Anyone see any “No Smoking” signs up yet?

  3. PSNYC says:

    First, learn how to spell, second not everyone likes smelling like cigarettes or inhaling cigarette smoke, and most importantly tell that to someone who has lost a loved one because of lung cancer that she got from being surrounded by smokers.

  4. vy says:

    I’m a non smoker. No one should be forced to breath in another persons second hand smoke.
    Having said that I think the smokers who can’t wait will just go to the ends of platforms and try to hide their smoking.
    Also during service delays, the smokers will just do it anyway, because at the end of the day smokers are nicotine “drug addicts”.
    As nicotine drug addicts they can’t just stop cold turkey, even for a few hours without preplanning (like chewing nicotine gum during a long plane flight).
    They already don’t smoke at all underground enclosed train stations, or inside station houses.
    The rest will be generally unemforceable, with the cops giving out violation tickets here and there when ever it’s an easy ticket for them to write.
    A long as this does not pull them off the more important job of stopping crime, fine.

    1. Michael H. says:

      I quit cold turkey after 10 years of smoking with no gum, patches, etc. There’s no reason somebody can’t wait until they leave MTA property to get their fix.

  5. newyourker says:

    Shut up you idiots, you do not want inhaile smoke go five steps away and stop bother beople who love smoking.This is a descrimination and its proven that so called ” second hand smoke” is nothing. If you never smoke you have no idea what is is, so shut you mouth and dont repeat what Dumberg tells you.

    1. Michael H. says:

      Cite your source that it is “proven”, please.

    2. PSNYC says:

      PSNYC

      First, learn how to spell, second not everyone likes smelling like cigarettes or inhaling cigarette smoke, and most importantly tell that to someone who has lost a loved one because of lung cancer that she got from being surrounded by smokers.

    3. dee dee dee says:

      You should smoke more then. Pleeeeaaasssseee?

    4. dee dee dee says:

      You should smoke more then. Pleeeeaaasssseee?

  6. Jimmy says:

    I wonder if there will be any enforcement at HuntersPoint? I have my doubts.

  7. Brian Sherman says:

    It’s about time…now how do we get people to stop leaving half-full coffee cups on the floor of the trains?

  8. Freedomwriter says:

    Good, it’s about time. No reason why a smoker’s habit should infiltrate my life.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Fredomwritter what about the smokers freedom? If they stand away from people who not smoke isn’t this a violation of there freedom?

      1. Michael H. says:

        And when the wind shifts and suddenly that smoke is headed towards the non-smokers, then what? If you want to smoke, leave the platform or wait until you finish your trip.

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