NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Many commuters may be able to breathe a little easier while waiting for the train today.
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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.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 4/11 Sunday Morning Forecast
“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.MORE NEWS: NYPD Enlists Volunteers For Citywide Graffiti Cleanup Initiative
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