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"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."--NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg persuaded city lawmakers to ban smoking in indoor workplaces (including bars and restaurants) and park playgrounds in 2003. He then succeeded in lobbying the New York City Council to put to vote a proposal to ban smoking at parks, beaches, marinas, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas--yes, even in Times Square.

On Feb. 2, 2011, the NYC City Council voted 36-12 in favor of this broader smoking ban, encompassing 1,700 parks, 14 miles of public beaches and the city's iconic plaza spaces. The ban goes into effect 90 days after the mayor signs the bill.

The ban will give the NYC Parks Department the power to ticket violators under the "quality-of-life summonses," minor public offenses that usually are under $100.

Smoking is also prohibited in Los Angeles city parks and in Chicago parks with playgrounds.

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights report almost 500 municipalities across the U.S. have banned smoking in parks.

The Raleigh, N.C. City Council just passed a smoking ban in city parks, effective July 1, 2011. At least seven North Carolina cities have already banned smoking in parks.


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