NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) â€” Smokers have just one message forÂ Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council members: butt out of our business.
â€œWeâ€™re outside. We should have freedom to smoke,â€ City Hall Park smoker Harvey Forbes told CBS 2â€™s Magee Hickey.
By a vote of 36 to 11 on Wednesday the City Council approved a bill to ban smoking in all city parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas.
â€œPeople who have made the decision not to smoke have civil liberties too and their health and their lives should not be negatively impacted because other people have decided to smoke,â€ Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
Council members who voted against the ban said they see it as an invasion of individual rights.
â€œWe have this crazy idea that we can change the way people behave. You canâ€™t have salt, you canâ€™t have sugar. Hop on a bicycle because itâ€™s bad to drive your car. Itâ€™s ridiculous. Whatâ€™s next?â€ said minority whip Eric Ulrich, adding when asked if New York City is becoming a police state, â€œI think so. Itâ€™s a slippery slope.â€
To read more, visit: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/02/02/nyc-expected-to-ban-smoking-in-parks-beaches/
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