New York City Smoking Ban Starts Today

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Beginning today, Monday, May 23, 2011, smoking is not allowed in outdoor public spaces around New York City, including beaches, parks and plazas. (That means Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the Coney Island boardwalk and so on -- or everywhere it's fun to smoke.) Health officials have pointed toward second-hand smoke as the reason for the new policy. But will police actually be patrolling for public smokers? How will the ban be enforced in a city full of smokers? And what will happen to the loosie man?

The city is leaving most of the enforcement responsibility up to us. "We expect the new law will be enforced by New Yorkers themselves, who will ask people to follow the law and stop smoking," read a joint press release from the Parks, Health and Transportation Departments. So look forward to some shouting matches on the Great Lawn.

But there's also a $50 fine, if the complainer can get someone in charge to pay attention:

Q: What is the penalty for smoking in a park or other area where smoking is prohibited?

A: We expect that the new law will be enforced mostly by New Yorkers themselves, who will ask people to follow the law and stop smoking. This is how similar laws have worked in other places, including Chicago and Los Angeles. However, people who violate the new law could receive a $50 ticket.

Q: What should I do if someone refuses to stop smoking in a park, beach or other area where smoking is prohibited?

A: New Yorkers are encouraged to inform a Parks Department employee or a Park Enforcement Officer if one is available. Otherwise, complaints can be made by calling 311.

The city is also planning an ad campaign to alert everyone of the changes.

Expert smokers, who still own the sidewalk, to be extra aggressive today, exhaling onto every baby they see.

[h/t Newyorkology]


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clickacig
clickacig

Indeed, another troublesome news for us vapers. They express no sympathy to smokers nonetheless they don't even consider the fact that vapor smoke from this e-cigs is not harmful - it has no odor, smoke and tar. I can only imagine e-cig users having to hide when using e-cigars like it's one of those illegal drugs.. (sigh) 

Kind Regards,

Mark J.

Allan Sportiello
Allan Sportiello

Funny thing is, this is going to cause more problems because if someone tells me to obey the law and stop smoking, I'm gonna bust their fucking jaw from them.

Msliivnsgl
Msliivnsgl

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Haari Viitanen
Haari Viitanen

 I'm anti- anti- smoking because of all the lies of authoritarian crybabies, not because I myself smoke.

The biggest question arising from this police state idiocy (bought and paid for by Bloomturd LLC) is ** WHO WILL TICKET THE COPS ** ??

Who I see smoking in all sorts of public places-- which is fine by me but nor Der Fuhrer! 

Brikolastar
Brikolastar

Good but not enought to shut smothers down...

Guest
Guest

 Nanny Bloomberg just doesnt know when to quit. 

NoNicotine
NoNicotine

Every day I walk to work dodging contrails of cigarette smoke left by those trying to get one last hit in between the subway and their office.  This law won't do anything to prevent this, but it renders me entirely sympathetic to its intent.  And it means I should no longer have to run the smoker's gauntlet to get in my building, so I say 'Hurrah!'

Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

This is what NYC government are focusing on right now? Smoking outdoors should be up to the individuals and people who don't like it can walk away. Another option is electronic cigarettes, which are becoming increasingly accepted by the general public. I've tried several brands and enjoy Green Smoke and Blu to save money and avoid the odor, so see www.greensmoke.com/morgs or http://goo.gl/xpfmk for more.  

George
George

Fascist behavior.

Epac
Epac

This is one "fascist" law I'm in favor of. Zero sympathy for smokers. You want to kill yourself? Fine, don't drag everyone else along with you. 

Jaded1219
Jaded1219

 Yes, now you can breathe in the exhaust of millions of vehicles without the worry of those harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke!

Delmariamaria
Delmariamaria

 Retarded response.  Kill yourself not others.

Allan Sportiello
Allan Sportiello

Most people who base their beliefs around hate for baseball teams are idiots, you my friend are just a middle class dickhead who makes 60 grand a year and has to stay away from his family 50 hours a week. No wonder you are a miserable piece of shit.LMAO

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