A ban on outdoor smoking in New York parks was upheld Wednesday by a midlevel court, reversing a judge and dismissing a challenge filed by a smokers’ rights group.
Advocates say the change is a way to levy penalties without consuming as much time in the municipal court system.
A year-round smoking ban in the Jersey Shore town will take effect on Memorial Day weekend. Electronic cigarettes are not part of the ban.
The bill is designed to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke at beaches and parks, cut down on litter and improve fire safety in those public areas. Smoking would still be allowed in parking lots near beaches and parks.
The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan by Audrey Silk and her New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment was made public Wednesday.
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill banning e-cigarette use indoors as one of the last pieces of legislation he approved, an opponent protested Bloomberg’s policies by lighting up a real cigarette right inside City Hall.
State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia said the February rules establishing no-smoking areas at various parks isn’t supported by any policy set by the Legislature.
The Seattle-based chain said it will start banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores, beginning Saturday.
Under the new legislation, sellers would be required to keep tobacco products out of sight except during a purchase by an adult consumer or during restocking.
Under the measure, it would be illegal to smoke with a child 6 or younger in the car.
An unprecedented smoking ban on dozens of college campuses in New York State was announced Wednesday. In other words, it’s time for college kids to butt out!
Parks officials say that will protect children and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes.
Police said one passenger allegedly punched another who is accused of spitting at the conductor.
A new smoking ban for the LIRR and Metro-North goes into effect on Sunday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted in September to prohibit smoking in most outdoor areas of LIRR stations.