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New Law Snuffs Out Public Smoking

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Cristina Romano

Sorry, smokers! Your hope of lighting up a cigarette in Central Park may soon be extinguished! According to WNYC, the ban, which will also prevent smokers from lighting up in beaches and pedestrian plazas, was passed by a vote of 36-12 this past Wednesday and is expected to be signed into effect by Mayor Bloomberg. In approximately three months, signs will be posted in order to warn potential smokers of the ban. However while no officers will be assigned to wag their fingers, New Yorkers are expected to warn each other when they start to see someone reach for their lighter and a pack of cigarettes.

Will this new plan really work? Audrey Silk, founder of Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment is not optimistic. “They’re relying on self-enforcement by putting citizen against citizen…it could lead to a hostile confrontation,” she said. In fact, she plans to protest the plan once it is enacted in order to show her support for smokers nationwide.

This enforcement comes after recent news that all 23 CUNY campuses will be smoke free by 2012, thus making them the largest smoke free public university system in the United States. While students are rightly outraged, maybe the ban is a good thing considering the deadly effects of secondhand smoke. Could FCLC be far behind in adopting a similar policy on campus?

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  1. malaya
    February 11, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Smoking is bad, but it shouldn’t be banned. Its going to be like the prohibition.
    People fight, and do all sorts of naughty things when they are drunk, all while damaging their livers. But for some reason smoking has a greater stigma. I’ve never seen a guy get into a bar fight or a girl go ballistic after a few cigarettes, but I can’t say the same about alcohol.

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