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New York City outdoor smoking ban begins

New York City outdoor smoking ban begins

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A no smoking sign is posted in the pedestrian plaza in Times Square.

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A no smoking sign is posted in the pedestrian plaza in Times Square.

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New York City outdoor smoking ban begins
 A no smoking sign is posted in the pedestrian plaza in Times Square.STORY HIGHLIGHTSSmoking now illegal in parks, on public beaches, in pedestrian plazas like Times SquareBan isdesigned to help curb exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce litterMany other municipalities havebanned smoking on public beaches and in parksNew York City smokers' group plans protest; violators of ordinance could be fined $50New York (CNN) -- Smokers in New York City looking to light up in most public places will not beable to without paying a price after an outdoor citywide smoking ban takes effect Monday.The law, which Mayor MichaelBloomberg signed in February after itwas passed by the New York CityCouncil, will make smoking illegal inNew York City's 1,700 parks and onthe city's 14 miles of public beaches.Smoking will also be prohibited inpedestrian plazas like Times Square.The ban is designed to help curbexposure to secondhand smoke aswell as reduce litter.Secondhand smoke causes close to 50,000 deaths per year, and side effects may include lungcancer, respiratory infections and asthma, according to the American Lung Association's website.Cigarette butts account for 75% of the litter found on New York City beaches, according to a newsrelease from Bloomberg's office."Smoking in parks and beaches not only harms people trying to enjoy these recreational facilities, italso causes a litter problem that harms the beauty of our parks," Bloomberg said before he signedthe bill into law.

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