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New York, NY – City Council Member Peter Koo today announced legislation to ban smoking while walking on city sidewalks.

The bill will prohibit smoking while walking on all sidewalks under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Parks and Recreation, including sidewalks adjoining parks, squares and public places, pedestrian pathways through any park strip, median or mall adjacent to traffic, and parking lots.

CM Koo stated, “In a perfect world, every smoker would have the self-awareness to realize that smoking and walking down a crowded sidewalk subjects everyone behind you to breathing in the fumes. Unfortunately, we’ve all had the experience of getting stuck behind a smoker while walking down a crowded city sidewalk. If you want to smoke, stand off to the side. People can easily walk past you. But if you’re smoking and walking down the sidewalk, you’re forcing the people behind you to breathe it in. I’ve seen too many mothers with strollers, and parents holding hands with their children, walking behind smokers who are blowing clouds of smoke behind them. We live in a city of over 8 million people, and we all share the same sidewalks. One person’s actions impacts everyone around them.”

CM Koo will introduce the bill at tomorrow’s stated City Council meeting. The bill would take effect 120 days after being signed into law.