New York, a State of United States, has banned smoking in public area including beaches, pedestrian plazas and city parks. The people, who break this law, are liable to pay fines of $50 per violation as per the bill approved on 2 Feb. 2011 by the city council.
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The law has been passed by the city council to protect asthma sufferers and children who may be inspired to smoke after watching the adults with cigarette. The bill was passed by majority of 36 -12 votes that will make the New York City as a least smoker friendly state in United States. Many people and health experts support this law but some people have opposite opinions towards the city council bill. They believe that smoking ban law prohibits the freedom of those who want to smoke.
Smoking ban law will be applied to 1,700 parks, marinas, 14 miles of public beaches and boardwalks after the 90 days of Mayor Bloomberg’s sign on bill. No doubt many states have banned smoking in public areas but New York has banned to smoke in pedestrian plaza areas that stops smoking in specific streets. The law will not be applied on private businesses including rooftop bars or city sidewalks. Yet there is a need to prohibit smoking in private organization, buses, and workplaces to make environment clean and healthier.
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