NYC Says Ban On Smoking In City Parks Is Working
The New York City Health Department says its year-old ban on smoking in city parks is showing results.
The Health Department conducted a survey of 13 parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn in the fall of 2011 and found that smoking had declined by two-thirds compared to a year earlier.
The rule against smoking in parks and on city beaches took effect in May of last year.
The Health Department also found that smoking-related litter on beaches declined by about two-thirds between the summer of 2010 and 2011.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said Wednesday that the smoking ban has made parks and beaches cleaner and safer for everyone.
Starting next week, the department will run ads reminding New Yorkers that parks and beaches are smoke-free.