New smoking laws will take effect in New York City Monday, prohibiting smokers from lighting up in certain public places.
No smoking sings are already up in Central Park. Come Monday the city's sweeping ban kicks in at parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas, like in Times Square,
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg pushed for the law that aims to drastically reduce, if not eliminate exposure to second hand smoke.
Thirty-five states across the country have laws banning smoking indoors. But to date, less than three percent of cities across the country have outdoor smoking bans.
Public policy professor Dan Feldman said New York City's ban may be counterproductive,
Following the lead of Los Angeles and Chicago, New York City is now the largest metropolitan area to attempt to cut down on the amount of second-hand smoke by enacting smoke-free laws for open areas.
It is the latest victory for advocates of smoke-free environments as more local and state governments explore the possibility of expanding their antismoking legislation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 states have smoking bans for worksites, restaurants and bars and an additional five states ban smoking in at least two of those areas. The remaining states are dotted with local and municipal laws prohibiting people from lighting up at work, near hospitals, or at bars and restaurants, according to