Outdoor Smoking Ban Passed in New York Town
Huntington, New York, may be a haven for beachgoers on Long Island's North Shore, but it's no longer a paradise for smokers. On July 2, the Huntington Town Council unanimously voted for a smoking ban that would prohibit smokers from lighting up in restric
The resolution, which was proposed by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, focuses on Huntington's public playgrounds. Once the ban goes into effect, cigar, cigarette and all other smoking will no longer be allowed inside fenced-in playgrounds or within no-smoking signs that will be posted 50 feet from open playgrounds. Any person caught smoking in those restricted areas could face a fine of $75.
According to Cuthbertson, there were three reasons for the proposal: health issues regarding second-hand smoke, litter from cigarette butts, and the influence smoking has on children.
"The main aspect of this proposal has to do with role modeling," said Cuthbertson. "Smoking doesn't set a good example for kids."
Asked if the passage of the resolution could lead to a full outdoor smoking ban in Huntington, Cuthbertson said they would have to gauge how the current proposal works, but admitted it would be difficult to get legislative support for such an extreme measure.