New York City May Ban Smoking in Parks

How Sad! New York City Health Department want to ban smoking in all city parks.

“We don’t think it’s too far to say that people shouldn’t be smoking in parks,” said New York City Health Commissioner Tom Farley, Monday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed the cities plans early Monday but moved away from the plan later in the day in the face of mounting criticism.

Bloomberg said, “It may not be logistically possible to enforce a ban across thousands of acres, but there may be areas within parks where restricting smoking can protect health.”

Reaction  was swift and negative.

“It’s really ridiculous,” says Ronald Carey,63 of Brooklyn, a retired Barkeep smoking in Cadman Plaza, in Downtown Brooklyn.

I’m not going to support smoking, but things have gotten out of hand,” Carey said. “What’s next?”

John Villani of Mendham,NJ was New York for the US Open which takes place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Flushing,Queens,NY. Villani was enjoying a cigar and was none to pleased.

“If I’m not bothering anyone, I should be able to smoke,” said Villani, 48, who came to the city for the U.S. Open.

Stu Loeser spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg said, “We have not decided on a single strategy for reducing secondhand smoke in our parks.”

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