This week the city of New York made a significant stride in the effort to reduce smoking by officially implementing a city wide ban on smoking in public places. Previously citizens were allowed to smoke in basically any city or state owned area including parks and other similar areas but as of today much of that is being put to a stop.
New York, like many cities, decided to implement a widespread smoking ban for a variety of reasons with health being the forerunner. The city has been working for the past few years to reduce smoking in many areas in order to encourage residents to quit and this is just another step in that direction.
Of course the public smoking ban is not as widespread as many had originally hoped it would be. Originally proponents of the idea hoped that the city would be able to ban smoking on city sidewalks and streets but unfortunately the smoking ban was not targeted at these areas and as a result smoking will still be allowed on sidewalks.
Health experts say this type of citywide ban should make a significant health difference. By banning smoking in public areas millions of people will not be affected by second hand smoke and thousands may even be forced to quit smoking all together. In the end it is a step in the right direction from New York City; many other cities in the United States are expected to pass a similar smoking ban as well.