In Times Square, Central Park,
and on the beach.http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/new ... 83367.html
Lighting up in Times Square, Central Park and on the beach at Coney Island will become illegal under a new smoking ban announced Wednesday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
"The science is clear: prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke - whether you're indoors or out - hurts your health. Today, we're doing something about it," Bloomberg said.
The bill must pass in the City Council, where Bloomberg has strong support.
"When this legislation is passed, 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," council speaker Christine Quinn said.
"This bill will save lives and make New York City a healthier place to live," she added.
New York City has 14 miles (some 22 kilometers) of beaches and more than 1,700 parks, like the famous Central Park, and playgrounds.
Bloomberg, a passionate anti-smoking former smoker, braved heated opposition in 2003 to push through a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.
The new ban would seek to eradicate smoking in popular tourist spots including pedestrian plazas such as Times Square where another Bloomberg initiative banned cars.
Violators would face fines of up to 250 dollars.
Smokers in the city, who already have to pay between 11 and 15 dollars for a packet of cigarettes, fumed.