Finding a place to smoke will get a lot harder in the Big Apple.
According to a press statement from Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Council voted on Wednesday to officially ban outdoor smoking in city parks and on city beaches. This comes nine years after New York City decided to ban smoking in restaurants.
The council voted 36 to 12 in favor of the ban, which prohibits smoking in 1,700 city parks and along 14 miles of the city’s beaches. The goal is to help prevent the harmful effects of secondhand smoke to children and youth.
“This summer, New Yorkers who go to our parks and beaches for some fresh air and fun will be able to breathe even cleaner air and sit on a beach not littered with cigarette butts,” Bloomberg said.
The decision will take effect within 90 days of Bloomberg’s approval and sign off on the bill.
City council members are moved with passion for their reasons for voting yes against public smoking.
“The statistics don’t lie: secondhand smoke kills,” City Council Member Christine Quinn, told CNN.
However, not everyone was ready to throw up their hands in approval. Some city council members, like Robert Jackson, believed the bill was affecting citizen’s rights and “going against our liberty of the people of New York City. As someone who wants to breathe clean air, I think we are going too far and being intrusive.”
Mayor Bloomberg currently has 30 days to sign the measure.