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New York bans smoking outdoors.

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Apparently so.

 

Anyone visiting New York's 1,700 parks and 14 miles of beaches this summer will be able to do so free from the smell of cigarette smoke after the city council made its biggest anti-smoking push since it banned the habit from restaurants and bars in 2002.

 

The measure will see smokers fined $50 (£31) if they light up in municipal parks and pedestrian areas of Manhattan such as Times Square.

 

It was passed by 36 votes to 12 after a lively debate in which critics accused legislators of turning the city into a totalitarian state.

 

The move follows similar health-conscious measures in New York to remove trans fats from restaurants, force food chains to display calorie counts on their menus and efforts to persuade food producers to reduce salt content.

 

The mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is expected to sign the law this month, and it will come into effect 90 days later.

 

"New Yorkers who go to our parks and beaches for some fresh air and fun will be able to breathe even cleaner air and sit on a beach not littered with cigarette butts," Bloomberg said.

 

He has made improving the health of city dwellers one of the main ambitions of his nine years as mayor.

 

The 2002 smoke free air act, which removed smoking from most workplaces including restaurants and bars, was one of the first acts of his mayoralty.

 

That, combined with higher cigarette taxes and an aggressive anti-smoking advertising campaign, has dramatically reduced smoking among New Yorkers. Between 2002 and 2009 the smoking rate fell by almost a third, and over Bloomberg's time in office there are about 350,000 fewer smokers.

 

With attention of health bodies increasingly focusing on the affects of passive smoking, the issue of smoking in outside areas has risen to the fore.

 

Cities such as Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles have already banned smoking in parks, though New York's new regulations are among the toughest. A survey in 2009 showed that more than half of non-smoking adult New Yorkers – about 2.5 million – had levels of toxins in their blood from cigarette smoke high enough to leave residues.

 

But the anti-smoking measures are not universally approved. In the chamber of the city council on Wednesday there was heated debate about the new ban, with some members arguing that the health drive had gone too far.

 

"I truly believe government is being too restrictive in this particular matter. It's a totalitarian society that's going to have this type of restrictions," Robert Jackson, a Democratic council member from Harlem, told Reuters.

 

So what are people's thoughts on this?

 

Personally, I think it's a fucking obscene thing to do, but that's just me.

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I think maybe if it was something else id have a problem with it but the fact that smoking affects people other than the smoker themselves makes it fine for me

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Obscene seems like a strange word.

 

I'm surprised they didn't go for "non-smoking" sections at first, but I suppose other cities have done it and that's seem as a trial run.

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Smoking offers no benefit. It just kills you. I will always see banning it as a good thing.

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I can only hope that the same happens here. I'm fed up of almost choking to death due to smokers who are walking on the street and at bus stops/train stations. I literally have to stand about four metres away from the bus stop I wait at every morning due to the smokers, and it still makes me feel physically ill at that distance.

 

Lots of smokers are decent people - it's just complete idiots that are causing stuff like this to happen. Of course, people should still be allowed to smoke on their property and at designated places while at works, but smoking around public should be a big no. At one bus stop I even saw a woman smoking when there were around 20 school kids waiting at the same stop.

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I feel like liberty should be defended, but at the same time, fuck smoking.

 

Especially on beaches, fuck, kids play in that sand, and smokers just cover the fag end over with a bit of sand, out of sight, out of mind!

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The bit about not seeing cigarette butts is a win on it's own. I personally think it's just as obscene that everyone else is subject to littering laws, but throwing a cigarette butt on the floor is the normal thing to do.

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I can't be arsed to argue properly so y'all =

 

Is that because there is no argument?

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Is that because there is no argument?

 

I daresay there mightn't be to your mind, but take a gander at the comments section on the article I originally posted.

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Thats the problem all smokers will have, any argument they have will always fall flat when the point is brought up that this effects more than just themselves.

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Great idea. Here's hoping every other City, Town, Shack in the World follows suit.

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The Nazi party apparently discovered the link between smoking and lung cancer. So yes, the Hitler comparison is fine since he was justified in his hatred of smoking.

 

It was Hitler who banned smoking on buses and trains. Who refused to issue ration coupons for tobacco to pregnant women. It was Hitler – Hitler! – who cracked down on tobacco advertising and decreed that tobacco advertising could not portray smoking as a glamorous, masculine pastime. The Nazis specifically forbid cigarette ads that associated smoking with sports – or auto racing. Hitler called these measures "the beginning of the end" of the vice that fouled the lungs and sapped the moral character of the master race.

 

In the context of smoking, Hitler did good IMHO.

 

Shame about the Jew thing.

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Thats the problem all smokers will have, any argument they have will always fall flat when the point is brought up that this effects more than just themselves.

 

For the record, I don't smoke.

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I can't be arsed to argue properly so y'all =

 

adolf_hitler_portrait.jpg

 

Dude, that's laaaame. You can't post an article/thread, make a point and when others disagree decide to not argue. :heh:

 

I think it's a good idea. You should be able to go to a beach or a park and smell the clean air. Seems pretty fair to me. Plus, you could always smoke at home. ;)

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I'm guessing you're a smoker ipaul? :)

 

I am quite happy with this. I hate having to hold my breath when I walk behind people who are smoking, or having to walk waaaay across to one side because they're either blowing cigarette smoke over their shoulder/sideways, or holding their cigarette near their face like a tard.

 

The Nazi party apparently discovered the link between smoking and lung cancer. So yes, the Hitler comparison is fine since he was justified in his hatred of smoking.

 

In the context of smoking, Hitler did good IMHO.

 

Shame about the Jew thing.

 

I bet they're sick of it being brought up all the time tbh. They probably just want to move on.

 

For the record, I don't smoke.

 

I'm guessing you're a smoker ipaul? :)

 

GUESSING FAIL.

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Dude, that's laaaame. You can't post an article/thread, make a point and when others disagree decide to not argue. :heh:

 

Yerrr I know but I'm more tired than I thought I was when I started. :heh: Alright I'll try.

 

I just find it hideously authoritarian. It's unnecessarily restrictive and people should be allowed to smoke outside if they want to. If someone is THAT bothered about inhaling secondary smoke then they should just man the fuck up, quite frankly. A fleeting moment of my/someone's displeasure at someone else's smoke doesn't warrant a ban on smoking.

 

I mean if it was say, no smoking around schools or something, then I could approve of that, but it's just too far. I approve of the smoking ban indoors, confined spaces and all, but not this. I also think it sets a bad precedent...are they just going to try and ban it completely after a while? It would sadden me but not exactly surprise me if in time they did.

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Loss of freedom is never a good thing. I don't smoke, nor will I ever, probably. However, banning something that is legal is just ridiculous.

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Yerrr I know but I'm more tired than I thought I was when I started. :heh: Alright I'll try.

 

I just find it hideously authoritarian. It's unnecessarily restrictive and people should be allowed to smoke outside if they want to. If someone is THAT bothered about inhaling secondary smoke then they should just man the fuck up, quite frankly. A fleeting moment of my/someone's displeasure at someone else's smoke doesn't warrant a ban on smoking.

 

I mean if it was say, no smoking around schools or something, then I could approve of that, but it's just too far. I approve of the smoking ban indoors, confined spaces and all, but not this. I also think it sets a bad precedent...are they just going to try and ban it completely after a while? It would sadden me but not exactly surprise me if in time they did.

 

Wow, what a rediculous argmuent

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I'm so glad this has happened, because maybe it'll happen around here. Like Cube, I am sick of choking because of insensitive (let's face it, most of them are) smokers. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying all smokers are like this but 95% of the ones I have come across just couldn't care where they smoke, even if it's in a confined space. It should be restricted to your own property or designated areas but in places like parks and shopping centres and entrances where children, elderly and asthmatics are, it's not cool.

 

I say good for New York for doing this.

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People should be allowed to smoke if they want to. I get banning smoking indoors (although I think you should be able to get a smoking license) but outside? What a joke. I don't smoke but this still appals me.

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If someone is THAT bothered about inhaling secondary smoke then they should just man the fuck up, quite frankly.

 

By that logic, smokers should just man the fuck up and quit, doing themselves and everyone around them a favour in the process.

 

People should be allowed to smoke if they want to.

 

I agree, but people around them shouldn't have to put up with it either.

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Good idea I think, its rank being on a beach or in a park with people smoking near you, I'd much rather it not be possible for it to happen. If it makes a few extra people quit or at least smoke less then it's done a good thing.

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