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A no smoking sign in the Times Square pedestrian plaza - New York, NY - May 23, 2011 (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Only One Ticket Issued Since NYC Parks Smoking Ban Went Into Effect

New York City parks commissioner Adrian Benepe insists the city is committed to keeping new smoke-free zones smoke-free.

07/01/2011

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FDA Issues Graphic Warning Labels For Cigarette Packs To Deter Smoking

The anti-smoking lobby in New York has a new weapon. The Food and Drug Administration will require all packs of cigarettes to include graphic warning labels conveying the dangers of smoking.

06/21/2011

New York Lawmakers Ban Smoking On Long Island Rail Road Platforms

New York lawmakers have voted to ban smoking on the upstate and Long Island platforms of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s commuter trains to protect other passengers from secondhand smoke.

06/17/2011

Democrat Lawmaker David Weprin Wants Ban On Smoking In Cars With Children

Assemblyman David Weprin said he wants to reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke. The bill would apply even when the windows are rolled down.

06/13/2011

A man smokes outside of a building (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

White Plains Outdoor Smoking Ban To Go Into Effect In July

A new outdoor smoking ban takes effect in White Plains in a few weeks and many residents are divided on the issue.

06/10/2011

Group Stages ‘Smoke-In’ At Brighton Beach To Protest NYC’s New Smoking Ban

Smokers will be intentionally breaking the law and lighting up in protest of New York City’s new smoking ban.

05/28/2011

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Neighborhood Residents Worry That Battery Park Could Become ‘Smoker’s Paradise’

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.

05/26/2011

A man holds a cigarette - Dec 15, 2008 - Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

NYC Taking ‘Inform On Your Friends’ Approach To Outdoor Smoking Ban

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.

05/23/2011

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NYC No Smoking Ban At Parks, Other Public Places, To Start Monday

Come Monday the city’s sweeping ban kicks in at parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas, like in Times Square.

05/22/2011

Report: Atlantic City Having Trouble Enforcing Casino Smoking Ban

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.

04/24/2011

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Long Island Lawmakers Want To Ban Smoking In Cars With Children

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.

03/08/2011

Cigarette butts in an ashtray - File / Photo: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

Mayor Bloomberg To Sign Smoking Ban Bill

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.

02/22/2011

Has NYC Gone Too Far By Banning Smoking In Parks?

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.

02/20/2011

A woman smokes in Union Square. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NYC Council Bans Smoking In Parks, Beaches

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.

02/02/2011

Cigarette butts in an ashtray - File / Photo: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

L.I. Village Bans Smoking On Public Sidewalks

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.

01/05/2011

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