NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A new smoking ban for the LIRR and Metro-North goes into effect on Sunday.
Riders will no longer be able to smoke on outdoor platforms, ticketing and boarding areas.
“We supported the legislation and appreciated the Governor signing into law the ban on smoking in outdoor locations at LIRR stations,” LIRR President Helena Williams said in a release. “The new law provides positive impacts for health and safety as well as reducing the potential for track fires.”
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Although there will be a grace period at first, violators could face stiff fines if they don’t follow the new rules. Violators face a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.
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Glen from Levittown took advantage of the grace period on Sunday, lighting up on one LIRR platform.
“I think they are taking a way the rights of people by doing this. You know. Too much,” he said.
The LIRR and Metro-North are both conducting customer education campaigns to raise awareness about the new smoking ban. Metro-North platforms in Connecticut remain the only exception to the ban.
Another rider praised the new law for promoting good health.
“I think everybody should quit smoking,” the nonsmoker said. “It’s not good for their health. It’s just bad for you and too expensive. Ridiculous.”
Both railroads amend their Rules of Conduct and those rules are approved by the MTA Board. When the Rules of Conduct are amended for both railroads, it will provide the MTA Police with the authority to enforce the new law.
Metro-North President Howard Permut said he appreciates the action of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to protect New Yorkers and improve public health.
“The new law is a benefit to our customers, helping us in our efforts to provide a healthier and cleaner environment on our platforms and in our ticketing and boarding area,” he said in a statement.
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