New York: the city that never smokes. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law today banning smoking in parks, beaches and busy gathering places like Times Square, the health department said.
The law, approved by the City Council at the start of February, will be backed up with $50 fines, the department said.
It will take effect in 90 days, ending smoking in parks, pedestrian zones and 14 miles (23 kilometers) of beaches. Smoking is already forbidden in office buildings, bars and restaurants.
Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the rules would make those public spots “healthier places than ever. I encourage those still smoking to take this opportunity to quit smoking today.”