Smokers will be intentionally breaking the law and lighting up in protest of New York City’s new smoking ban.
Some New York city residents are furious about the Big Apple’s new smoking ban in public parks. Their anger, however, is not because they’re smokers – it’s because they’re not, and they’re worried that exceptions to the ban may make their neighborhood park a smoker’s paradise.
Don’t even think of smoking in New York City parks and plazas or you’ll get burned. The city’s outdoor smoking ban went into effect Monday, but in one park officials took a ”make love not war” approach to banning the butts.
Come Monday the city’s sweeping ban kicks in at parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas, like in Times Square.
After nearly banning smoking altogether at casinos, the city imposed the partial ban in 2007. The change of heart came when the economy crashed and casinos feared a complete smoking ban would cost them more customers.
A bill proposed and co-sponsored by Legislators Judi Bosworth and Judy Jacobs would ban smoking in all motor vehicles in Nassau County with at least one passenger younger than 18.
The City Council approved the measure on Feb. 2., but not without opposition. Council members who voted against the ban said they see it as an invasion of individual rights.
Smokers have yielded as places to puff have diminished over the years, but many of them and even some nonsmokers are saying the city has gone too far this time.
Smokers have just one message for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council members: butt out of our business. By a vote of 36 to 11 on the City Council approved a bill to expand its anti-smoking crusade.
Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman said the ban was enacted after officials got complaints about smokers standing outside stores in the village. He said the law will also benefit pedestrians who might have been subjected to second-hand smoke.
Vince Rennich had sued Tropicana Casino and Resort, saying his lung cancer was caused by 25 years of exposure to secondhand smoke inside the casino.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg put out Councilman Peter Vallone’s compromise plan about creating smoking zones in parks and beaches once again on Friday.
Hey outdoor tobacco lovers, smoke ‘em while you can. The City Council moved one step closer Thursday to expanding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Smoke Free Air Act.
Some passionated arguments are expected to be heard at a hearing this afternoon from both supporters and opponents of a proposed new outdoor smoking ban.
As more cities ban smoking, diehards are looking for a new way to feed their nicotine habit – and they may have found it.
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