News: Park & Beaches Smoking Ban in NYC Passes

As the Cigar Rights of America is in Albany doing battle on a flavored tobacco ban and trying to negotiate a cap on the tobacco tax word came out today that the New York City Council is expected to pass a ban on outdoor smoking.

According to the New York Post city lawmakers are ready to ban smoking in over 1,700 parks and 14 miles of public beaches in a vote today, February 2, 2011. This comes after the ban of smoking in bars and restaurants that was put in place back in 2002.

Backers of the ban say that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can pose health risks while many smokers say the law would infringe on their rights.

This ban comes hot on the heels of a similar law passed in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Update: The law has passed and will take effect 90 days after Mayor Bloomberg signs the bill.  City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she was “very glad” that New York was becoming “a public health city.” She added, “All New Yorkers will be able to enjoy a walk in the park or a day at the beach without having to inhale secondhand smoke,”

Update: The measure passed with a shocking 3:1 vote. The finally tally was 36-12.

I do not know when she decided she spoke for me, as I will not be able to enjoy what my tax dollars help pay for.