By Daily Mail Reporter
Now New York bans smoking outside as Bloomberg cracks down (but authorities admit it will have to be self-policed)
New York City has passed a total ban on smoking in its public parks, beaches and plazas.
The City Council passed the ban 36 to 12 as furious opponents argued it was an infringement on civil liberties.
But officials admitted the ban will have to be largely self-policed, leaving its efficacy entirely in the hands of vigilant New Yorkers.
The ban is the latest proposal from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg as he attempts to crack down on bad habits in the city.
Announcing the ban in September, Mr Bloomberg said: ‘The science is clear: Prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke – whether you’re indoors or out – hurts your health. Today, we’re doing something about it’.
Violators of the new law could face a fine for as much as $250 but City officials say they expect New Yorkers and tourists to follow the new regulation.
The ban also extends to 29,000 acres of parkland in the city and 14 miles of public beaches. Smoking was already banned in some parks facilities including playgrounds, but not in most open recreational areas.
Several other cities across the U.S. have similar bans, including Los Angeles who saw their law change in 2007.
Councilwoman Gale Brewer who introduced the legislation said: ‘New York is the national leader in creating healthy cities, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.’