Friendly Cigar Smokers of NYC Message Board › Smoking Ban
New York, NY
February 24, 2011
Dear Mr. DeRusso,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and views on Intro. 332-A.
As you may have heard, this past month the City Council passed and Mayor Bloomberg signed into law Intro. 332, greatly expanding the City's Smoke Free Air Act to include a ban on smoking in city parks, beaches and other designated outdoor areas.
This followed two well attended public hearings by the City Council, during which we heard from a wide range of advocates, healthcare experts and other concerned members of the public. We also have received hundreds of letters and e-mails from you and other New Yorkers who argued passionately for and against the bill.
Clearly, this proposal affected smokers and non-smokers alike on many different levels.
However, after carefully weighing all of the testimony and correspondence that we received on this matter, I firmly believe that passing this ban was the right thing to do for our city. Adults will still be able to smoke cigarettes, except where prohibited. But no one, especially our children, should have to inhale secondhand smoke when they're at the park or beach. With this new law, New Yorkers of all ages will be able to breathe easier and live longer, healthier lives.
Thanks again for letting me know where you stand on Intro. 332-A. I realize we don't see eye-to-eye on this matter, but I appreciate and respect your views, and I hope you will continue to weigh in on the important issues affecting our city.
Christine C. Quinn