NYC bans smoking in parks, Times Square

 CBC News

New York City’s parks, beaches and even Times Square will be off-limits to smokers under one of the nation’s toughest anti-cigarette laws passed Wednesday by the city council.

"This summer, New Yorkers who go to our parks and beaches for some fresh air and fun will be able to breathe even cleaner air and sit on a beach not littered with cigarette butts," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the 36-12 vote.

The smoking ban will cover 1,700 parks and 23 kilometres of public beaches plus boardwalks, marinas and pedestrian plazas like the one in the heart of Times Square. The ban goes into effect 90 days after Bloomberg signs the bill; the mayor has 20 days to do that.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/02/02/new-york-city-smoking-ban-parks.html#ixzz1CuY5Qkbq

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