Lawmaker proposes smoking sections in NYC parks

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Posted: Oct 14, 2010 5:09 PM
Lawmaker proposes smoking sections in NYC parks

A New York City lawmaker says a proposed outdoor smoking ban goes too far, and he wants to compromise by designating smoking sections in parks and on beaches.

The city has banned smoking in bars and restaurants. It is also poised to completely snuff out cigarettes in public parks, on beaches and in pedestrian plazas.

But City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. says he has introduced a plan calling for about 20 percent of each park to be a designated smoking area.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other backers of the smoking ban say that even brief exposure to secondhand smoke can pose health risks.

Vallone says a small smoking section in a large park should satisfy everybody.

City Council conducted hearings on both bills Thursday. There will be additional hearings before a vote is held.