Lighting up in bars and clubs has been banned in New York since 2003, but a new twist in the law means that smoker’s could now face a fine for smoking in public outdoor areas.
Some small areas such as pavements outside of parks and car parks for public areas will be a couple of the remaining places where a smoker can go to have a cigarette, but their freedom to smoke anywhere outside will be dramatically reduced.
The authorities have said they hope the people of New York will enforce the new rules by themselves, but if someone is refusing to stop then the public should advise a park warden who will be able to issue a fine.
Professor John Britain, chair of the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group is of the belief that if the US can make the new legislation work, it sends a message to other countries that it could be workable for them too.
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