New York proposes ban on smoking while walking on streets

New York is considering a ban on people smoking while walking on the city street, in order to protect pedestrians from second-hand smoking.

People will be fined $50, if they found doing so, under a legislation introduced in the city council on Wednesday. People, however, can smoke so long they remained stationary while doing so.

The city has prohibited smoking in bars and restaurants in 2003 and in public parks and beaches in 2011.

“In a perfect world, every smoker would have the self-awareness to realize smoking while walking subjects everyone behind you to the fumes,” Councilman Peter Koo, who introduced the legislation told the New York Daily News.

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