The state and city have banned smoking in most public places, including restaurants, bars and concert venues, over the past 10 years by enacting legislation. But the ban needed more teeth, according to Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny.
Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) said that soon, people won’t be able to light up a cigarette near a child on the monkey bars. He was among several lawmakers in Albany who pushed through legislation that would ban smoking in playgrounds and parks.
The new ban goes into effect this month.