Saturday, July 10, 2010
Park smoking ban in the works?
From Fox 5:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he is now leaning toward a ban on smoking on beaches and in parks in New York City.
It is a reversal for the mayor, who just last month was not considering a ban, according to statements made by his press secretary.
But, at a press availability on Tuesday, Bloomberg admitted he was considering a ban.
"When you ask people in parks or on beaches they say they just don't want smokers there," Bloomberg said.
But he also tried to frame the problem as a litter issue as much as a health issue saying, "People take their cigarette butts and packages and just throw them away."
Bloomberg's health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, has been advocating a ban since last September. At that time, Bloomberg didn't think it was something his administration could get done.
Dr. Farley has said that children shouldn't even have to look at adults smoking.