Smoke-Free Parks and Beaches
Written by Lisa Spitzner, Manhattan Community Engagement Coordinator
Spring has finally sprung and that means New Yorkers and visitors alike will be taking to our City’s parks and beaches to enjoy fresh air and outdoor recreation. The warmer months ahead serve as a reminder that since 2011, the “lungs” of our City are smoke-free, providing residents with a healthier and cleaner place to relax. According to the Surgeon General, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Eliminating smoking outdoors, especially where families gather, has been an important strategy towards reducing the health hazards associated with secondhand smoke.
The New York City Smoke-Free Air Act prohibits smoking in some outdoor public spaces – specifically, all New York City public parks, beaches, boardwalks, marinas, public golf courses, sports stadiums, and pedestrian plazas such as those at Times Square and Herald Square. As of April 29, 2014, the New York City Council further amended the Smoke-Free Air Act to also include electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), meaning no one is allowed to use an e-cigarette in places where smoking is prohibited.
We are looking forward to yet another season with clean air at our parks, less litter at our beaches and smoke-free tables at our pedestrian plazas. For more information on smoke-free parks and beaches, visit the NYC Parks Department.
For help quitting smoking, call 311 or 866-NYQUITS.
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