First Weekday For LIRR, Metro-North Smoking Ban

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Many commuters may be able to breathe a little easier while waiting for the train today.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

Smoking is now banned at Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad outdoor platforms, ticketing, and boarding areas.

The new ban caught some by surprise on Monday, the first weekday it has been in effect.

“Oh my gosh!” exclaimed one rider, cigarette in hand, to WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

He kept puffing away, hiding behind an advertisement.

“I think it’s an infringement on our freedom and on our Constitutional rights,” he said.

Infringement or not, it’s now the law.

For now, offenders will get off with a warning.

But when the grace period ends, and the MTA hasn’t said when that will be, violators will face fines of $50 dollars and as many as thirty days in jail.

Do you like the new smoking ban? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • Nicky

    This is good. No more walking directly into gray clouds of smoke expelled by the many people lighting up in unison upon stepping off a train.

  • Audrey Silk

    Quoting the report: “Infringement or not, it’s now the law.” Speaks volumes about the nonchalant willingness to throw civil liberties into the wind when it comes to smoking. No analysis about if it IS infringement. And if it is, well, so what. It’s smoking. So the lawmakers can violate rights for such a law. But try to make a law saying the… for example… the KKK can’t march and let the discussion begin! The media would pick it apart like a turkey on Thanksgiving. Not so for how smokers are possibly being subjected to a witch hunt for no other reason (because outdoor smoke harms NO one) than good old discrimination manufactured by nannies who want to make them bend to their will (don’t smoke). This is all SO much worse than smoking… for ALL of us.

    Founder, Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.)

  • smithj22

    this will go over as well as bloomberg’s no smoking in parks… great in theory, will work for a minute, then will be disregarded, unenforced and a waste of time.

  • Sam

    They should also ban smoking at bus stops.

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