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no smoking signBeginning Monday, May 23rd, 2011, if you smoke in any of New York City’s 1,700 public parks, and 14 miles of beaches, you will be fined $50.

This means it’s now illegal to light up on any property managed by New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

This expands upon NYC’s already strict smoking laws:

New York City passed its first Smoke Free Air Act in 1988, when smoking was banned in public restrooms and taxicabs. Since then, the law has been amended three times, most notably in 2002, when smoking in some indoor areas — including restaurants and bars — was banned. [Source]

What is your take on this? The dangers of smoking have been well documented, so this can only be good.   If you choose to smoke, that’s on you. I just wish I could avoid walking into people’s smoke clouds on the sidewalk!

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