Smoking in Parks an Beaches is Prohibited in New Y

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Smoking in Parks an Beaches is Prohibited in New York,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych]
After some debates, the City Council adopted a bill to prohibit smoking in 1,700 city parks and along 14 miles of city beaches.
Smoking would be prohibited in such places as Bryant Park in accordance with the City Council implemented by a 36-to-12 vote. By this vote, the Council implemented the most essential diffusion of anti-smoking laws since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg demanded to ban smoking in restaurants and other establishments in 2002. “This ban was like a confirmation of the right of non-smokers. Their health should not be affected because other people have decided to smoke,” the Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn stated in an interview.
A proposal to create specially designed smoking areas outdoors was rejected by Council leaders in favor of a complete ban. The bill will become lawful 90 after Mr. Bloomberg signs it. “This summer, New Yorkers who will go to parks and beaches to enjoy some fresh air will have the opportunity to breathe even cleaner air and lie on a clean beach without those awful butts. Those individual who infringe the law will pay a $50 fine,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych],[link widoczny dla zalogowanych],” stated Mr. Bloomberg. “Increasing revenue for the city is not our aim. I am not interested in arrests or revenue. The only thing I am interested in is public health,” Councilwoman Gale A. Brewer advocate for stricter anti smoking laws,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], declared at a conference.
Ms. Quinn stated she would look for more ways to decrease exposure to secondhand smoke but refused to give some specifications. A study conducted in 2009 demonstrated that 57% of non-smoking adults had an increased level of nicotine in their blood,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], which indicated that they were exposed to a tobacco smoke. As for the nationwide figure it constituted 45%.
According to researches those people who sit within three feet of a smoker are exposed to approximately the same level of secondhand smoke. Government officials also believe that this ban will help to reduce the increasing trash in public places. Besides applying to parks and beaches, the ban would also cover pedestrian malls and plazas,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], as Times Square.
Opponents of this bill, stand against it,[link widoczny dla zalogowanych], some members called it an excessively broad law that would violate the individual liberties. “We will move towards a totalitarian society if we are going to implement those restrictions,” stated Councilman Robert Jackson of Manhattan, who is a non-smoker. Others declared that the ban would lead to a dangerous precedent. “As soon as we adopt this law, we will ban smoking on sidewalks, in the cars carrying minor and then in the homes,” stated Councilman Daniel J. Halloran.

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