On May 23, smoking in any New York City park, beach, or pedestrian mall became illegal. The city council passed the ban last fall by a vote of 36 to 12, rejecting a compromise proposal that small areas remain available to people who wanted to smoke. The extension of the New York smoke-free air act is Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s biggest clampdown on smoking since he banned the habit from restaurants and bars in 2002. American non-smokes’ rights’ activists very strong, as you can read here. What about the rights of the smokers?
James Colgrove, Ronald Bayer, and Kathleen E. Bachynski, Nowhere Left to Hide? The Banishment of Smoking from Public Spaces. NEJM | May 25, 2011