Betty on the News: NYC to Ban Smoking Outside
After successfully banning smoking from the inside of public buildings, New York health officials hope to extend the ban to public parks and beaches
-Margeaux Baulch Klein
Over six years ago, smoking was successfully banned from the inside of public buildings in New York, and now officials hope to extend that ban to over 1700 of the city’s parks and beaches.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg, an ex-smoker himself, cautiously welcomed the latest proposal from Health Commissioner Dr Thomas Farley that aims to improve New Yorkers’ health over the next three years.
“It may not be logistically possible to enforce a ban across thousands of acres,” he said. “But there may be areas within parks where restricting smoking can protect health.”
In a statement, Dr David Kessler, a former commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration watchdog, said: “While undoubtedly some will think this is going too far, ten years from now, we’ll look back and ask how it could have been otherwise.” (Daily Mail)