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06/23/2011

Enforcing the new smoking ban

Critics say the new smoking ban in New York City parks, beaches and other public places is not being enforced enough.  Officials say the ban should be enforced by New Yorkers.   If you saw someone smoking, what would you say to them or would you say anything at all.    Click on comment to send us yours, and we may use it on Eyewitness News First at 4:00 p.m.

Comments

Hypnotherapy London

Can't say I agree with the notion of banning things; I believe that we need to educate people and then leave them to their own freewill. I understand that with smoking, people do have issues with second-hand smoke or with littering caused by cigarette butts being left on the ground. But by banning smoking it becomes an underground and exciting thing to do. I am not supporting it either; being a non-smoker I don’t personally enjoy walking through a cloud of someone else’s smoke but I expect that as part of city life. I am sure there are things that I do that not everyone likes either.

How far is it going to go, what next?

Phyllis

I smoke and I think smoking bans have gone way too far. We're overtaxed, because the government wants to make a lot of money off of us and then we're told there are limited places we can smoke. Well, I don't like the smell of perfume which is known to have adverse effects with exposure as are many other products. So, why not ban fragrances. I wouldn't say anything to someone smoking where they shouldn't be, unless they were blowing smoke in a child's face or doing something similar, because it isn't any of my business and if I didn't like it I can always walk away.

Jo

I might ask them for a light. Let's see they have made it that we can't smoke anywhere indoors, or in bars etc...taxed them so they are about $10.00 a pack! Where the heck else are smokers supposed to go?? It's not illegal like crack or heroin, so why treat smokers like second class citizens?

Lolas Dad

If I seen someone smoking where they were not supposed to be because of some stupid law that some politician created I would go up to them an congratulate them for sticking up for their rights. Then I would ask them if they had a light for my cigarette. The politicians in NYC are more concerned about a little smoke from a cigarette and are doing nothing about a real smog problem, creating pedestrian plazas and this in turn creates more gridlock, slows down traffic to a stand still and creates more pollution than any cigarette would.

Every time you turn around they are creating laws that say you cant do this and you cant do that. When is this going to stop. People need to stop and think about their rights being taken away and this is just the beginning. Just because politicians make laws against things does not make the law legal.

By the way not only am I a smoker but I also drive an older diesel truck that does not have and not required to have any pollution control devices on it and I am proud to do so because it is my right, at least for now.

Robert

Well people have the right to smoke around the country. If one wants to kil themselfs with somking they have the right to do so.
Where's the smoking police when you need them??
Thank you
Robert
Queens NY

Joseph McManus

Hell NO, I'd ask them if they needed a light and light it in front of a Cop. Bloomberg has NO right to force HIS views on the rest of the people of this city. Let them summons me, this is supposed to be a LITTER NOT a Environmental ordnance and therefore a violation of my Computational rights to "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness"

Lee Storm

I'd probably light up with them. I get so tired of the sillyness. Remember, air is always moving and will take the smoke away. Let the government, if they so insist on interfering with our every-day lives, concentrate on the drinkers who kill people in a flash when driving with their alcohol-sodden selves.

SONIA fromCYPRESS BX

THERE SHOULD BE A BAN IN PUBLIC EVEN IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED WALKING DOWN THE STREET? WHEN I WALK DOWN THE STREET I EITHER HAVE TO SPEED PASS THE PERSON(S)IN FRONT OF ME OR CROSS THE STREET BECAUSE WHEN THEY EXHALE A CLOUD OF SMOKE TRAIL THEM AND SO YOU GET IT ALL IN YOUR FACE. WHEN YOU WALK PASS A BUILDING IT IS LIKE WALKING IN MACY'S AND GETTING SPRAYED BY THE COLOGNE SALESPERSONS. AND YOU KNOW THAT'S EVERY STEP. WE ALSO KNOW THAT SECOND HAND SMOKE IS THE WORSE SO IT IS REALLY A DEADLY WEAPON LIKE ANY GAS, CARBAND DEOXIDE THINK ABOUT IT AND EVERYBODY GET IT CHILDREN AND SENIOR DON'T NEED IT. THE CITY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO FOR MAKING IT LEGAL IN THE FIRST PLACE AND COLLECTING TAXES. THAN GRIP ABOUT CANCER BILLS.

Patience Rojas-Taylor

It depends, in some situations I might say something, and in others I might not. You have to be careful out there...

Amanda

If it is a law, then officials should enforce it. If citizens start enforcing the laws, this will undoubtedly cause more trouble. I do believe that instead of outright bans, there should be designated smoking areas, so the rights of both types of people are protected.

Native New Yorker

This will be enforced as much as the enforcement corruption or sexting by politicians is enforced. NYC a land to itself....

Laurie

I've told several people in Union Square that they're breaking the law.
Some ignore me, and some put their cigarette out.
By not officially enforcing the law, they're just encouraging conflicts between smokers and nonsmokers.

wendy sue

I wouldn't say a thing. All this crap is driving me crazy. I thought America was a free Country. We are getting like every place else.Goverment telling us what we can and cannot do.

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