Mayor Considering Parks And Beach Smoking Ban
“Overwhelmingly, when you ask people in parks or on beaches, they say they just don’t want smokers there,” the mayor this week. Bloomberg says the ban would also reduce littering and cut down on trash from butts and cigarette packages and provide for cleaner air throughout New York City’s 14 miles of beaches and 1,700 parks and playgrounds. According to the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas A. Farley, smoking was the leading preventable cause of death among residents, attributing to 7,500 deaths each year, more than AIDS, drugs, homicide and suicide combined. The measure would have to go through a city council vote.