Bloomberg Signs Smoking Ban for Parks, Beaches

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

cigarette smoking (flickr user lanier67)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an extended smoking ban into law Tuesday, outlawing smoking in the city's parks, beaches and public plazas.

The ban is set to take effect in 90 days of the signing and is the first major restriction on smoking in the five boroughs since the ban in restaurants and bars in 2002.

Bloomberg, a former smoker himself, said the ban will help clear the air and prevent litter.  The mayor said 75 percent of all litter on beaches is "cigarette-related." At parks, he said it is 33 percent.

Bloomberg said police would not be taken off their regular duties to enforce the new ban. Enforcement would be fall onto fellow citizens whom the mayor said would likely shame would-be violators into complying.

Critics argue that the law infringes on civil liberties.

With Azi Paybarah and the Associated Press


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Comments [2]

CarolT from Madison WI

The anti-smokers commit flagrant scientific fraud by ignoring more than 50 studies which show that human papillomaviruses cause at least 1/4 of non-small cell lung cancers. Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to have been exposed to this virus for socioeconomic reasons. And the anti-smokers' studies are all based on lifestyle questionnaires, so they're cynically DESIGNED to blame tobacco for all those extra lung cancers that are really caused by HPV. And they commit the same type of fraud with every disease they blame on tobacco.

And, all their so-called "independent" reports were ring-led by the same guy, Jonathan M. Samet, including the Surgeon General Reports, the EPA report, the IARC report, and the ASHRAE report, and he's now the chairman of the FDA Committee on Tobacco. He and his politically privileged clique exclude all the REAL scientists from their echo chamber. That's how they make their reports "unanimous!"

For the government to commit fraud to deprive us of our liberties is automatically a violation of our Constitutional rights to the equal protection of the laws, just as much as if it purposely threw innocent people in prison. And for the government to spread lies about phony smoking dangers is terrorism, no different from calling in phony bomb threats.

Feb. 24 2011 04:35 PM
Belma Ramirez

I would like aur mayor to ban smoking also in hotels. People that worked in smoking fls. are also expose to second hand smoke.

Feb. 22 2011 06:54 PM

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