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LIRR, Metro-North Begin Enforcing Outdoor Smoking Ban

MNEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North have started enforcing a smoking ban on platforms, ticketing and boarding areas.

The ban went into effect in November.

The New York State Department of Health estimates that second-hand smoke kills 2,500 New Yorkers every year.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reports

Up until now, those caught smoking in the prohibited areas have been let off with a warning.

Now, violators face ejection, fines of up to $50 and up to 30 days in jail.

Reaction from riders on the ban is mixed.

“It’s ridiculous,” one man told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs. “They don’t want to have you smoke stop selling them, otherwise leave people alone for a little while.”

“Health-wise it’s a very good thing and everybody just has to stop bickering about every little thing in life because life’s too short,” another man said.

Smoking on LIRR trains and inside terminals has been banned since 1990.

Connecticut Metro-North stations are not subject to the New York state ban.

Do you like the ban? Let us know below…

  • T

    Stop selling cigerettes if you don’t want smoking, stop selling liquor so people won’t drink and drive.
    we are all gonna die eventually weather you die from sickness,drug abuse, or alcohol or tragedy ect.
    Why the cars have fumes as well….buses,trucks,airplane,
    All electric appliances give off radiation, cell phones,
    Then live in a bubble or live like the Amish people.

  • Think about it

    If somebody else can smell your cigarette smoke, it is not just in his/her nose, it is also in his/her lungs. If it is in his/her lungs, it is also in his/his bloodstream. If it is in his/her bloodstream, it can go to every cell in his/her body. The fact is that smoking really does hurt people other than the smoker. Smoke is small particles of burned vegetable matter. Think about it: How could that not be unhealthy to any living thing? Both non-smokers and smokers need to acknowledge the obvious, that smoke hurts not only the smoker, but everybody around the smoker. Nobody has the “right” to subject anybody else to that. Nobody has to “accept” that a smoker can choose to put pollutants into your body, because they happen to enjoy smoking. Think of it as somebody else farting in your face; it’s basically the same thing — but nobody is so stupid and arrogant to claim that they have a “right” to fart in other persons’ faces. If you wish to smoke, go right ahead — just make sure that nobody else can smell it. Park your car in the middle of an empty lot, roll up your windows, and smoke your head off. Smoking inside or outside, it doesn’t matter. Some smokers smoke outside in an area crowded with other people, including young children, the elderly, and people who already have respiratory problems (that aren’t easy for a stranger to spot). Smokers should not be mad at their innocent victims, for finally getting something that they were always entitled to, namely smoke-free air. It is inconsiderate smokers who have “ruined it” for all smokers, including for those more considerate smokers who actually do know and care that their smoke hurts others, and who thus take care to keep their smoke away from others.

  • Al

    Fine, make a smoking zone and a no smoking zone and be done with it…

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  • Mary N. Joseph

    People should not smoke outdoors. It makes it hard to enjoy the car, truck, and bus fumes as well as the fumes emanating from the asses of others. Drink til ya stink, smoke til ya choke, and fot til ya rot.

  • NYGirl

    The thing that gets me is “outdoor”. Slowly but surely our freedoms are being taken away right before our eyes. People really need to start waking up and revolting. The toxins that you breath in the air from all the pollution is okay though. If people believe you can die of second hand smoke outside I have a bridge to sell you. Also, people die of cancer everyday, just because Dana Reeves died of lung cancer doesn’t mean it was from second hand smoke. Alot of cancer is genetics.

    • Mimi

      Yes, but the platforms are “enclosed” so it’s not really “outdoors.” How about this — don’t blow smoke into people’s faces! Simple as that. If you don’t realize that the people on the receiving end of smoke outside are just as likely to get cancer as those on the receiving end of smoke indoors, then you need to read up.

      • NYGirl

        Up yours, Mimi!

        • Mimi

          Typical smoker’s response.

    • whiteeagle

      Yes, smokers are taking our freedoms away–our freedom to breathe air free of cogarette smoke. I take the train every day, from an outdoor platform, and am very offended by smoke blowing in my face. And if you’re a smoker, you may not realize how strong and offensive the stench of smoke can be, even when it’s coming from someone on a platform on the other side of the tracks.

      On the other hand, maybe we should just make things fair. Science tells us that second-hand smoke may be dangerous, but urine is apparently sterile. In fact, in some primitive cultures, it has been used to clean wounds. So if a smoker is OK with blowing smoke in a non-smoker’s face, the non-smoker should be able to walk up and urinate on the smoker’s leg. After all, it’s outside, and no one should take away a person’s “freedom” to relieve themselves outdoors whenever they want to, since it provides less of a health hazard than smoke.

      If that sounds offensive to you, maybe it’s time that you start considering how offensive your smoke is to others. Because it surely is.

      • Mimi

        Well said!!

  • mike

    Just name one person who has died from second hand smoke…Can’t believe the crap they tell you…

    • Liberals Are Evil

      Christopher Reeve’s wife, Dana, died from lung cancer and she was not a smoker. She sang for years in clubs and was surrounded by second hand smoke. If you don’t know the facts, don’t talk crap.

    • Mimi

      You’re obviously not too bright.

      • mike

        If ya don’t like smoke, don’t have an abortion.

        • Mimi

          Typical idiotic Republican crap.

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