I thought NYC had a smoking ban in parks all along since their bans in general started first before the smoking bans in IL started.
It's a lil funny Chicago implemented a smoking ban in parks first before NYC. Bloomnerd is a diehard antimoker, and he waited this long to even entertain the idea of smoke-free parks? hee hee
Smoking bans in parks are very un-American to put it nicely. To put it in the way I normally think, a smoking ban in parks ain't gonna stop me! I've seen people still smoke in parks in my community. And then when the damn cops see "us", they'll force EVERYONE to leave. But when those mothas leave the area, we just go back in there and smoke once the holes are outta our sight. The nonsmokers in the park usually don't snitch. But the COPS must love looking at parks in the street. You can't stop ANYONE from smoking in an OUTDOOR park unless there are hidden cams all over the park.
I wonder if cops would do the same thang (as they do to us) if they saw smokers with cigs in parks on the NORTH side of the city.
Anyway, this NYC-based article includes comments and a poll.
NYC: Smoking ban in parks being considered
Nanny State? Health Dept. considering in parks
BY Adam Lisberg
DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU CHIEF
Updated Monday, September 14th 2009, 5:22 PM
Under a plan smoking would be banned in all public parks. Take our PollNanny State?
Do you think smoking should be banned in public parks?
Yes, it's a filthy habit that ruins even outdoor spaces.
No, it's open space.
I'm not sure.
"We don't think it's too far to say that people shouldn't be smoking in parks," Health Commissioner Tom Farley said Monday.
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the plan in the morning but later backed away in the face of criticism.
He said , "It may not be logistically possible to enforce a ban across thousands of acres, but there may be areas within parks where restricting smoking can protect health."
But smokers in city parks fumed at the idea.
"It's really ridiculous," said retired bar owner Ronald Carey, 63, who was smoking on a bench in Cadman Plaza Park in downtown Brooklyn.
"I'm not going to support smoking, but things have gotten out of hand," Carey said. "What's next?"
At Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, John Villani of Mendham, N.J., puffed a cigar on a bench near the Unisphere.
"If I'm not bothering anyone, I should be able to smoke," said Villani, 48, who came to the city for the U.S. Open.
Bloomberg earned his cigarette-hunter image by banning smoking in city bars and restaurants in 2002, an initially unpopular move that was later copied around the world.
"We have not decided on a single strategy for reducing in our parks," said mayoral spokesman Stu Loeser.