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The Manhattan Beach City Council has just approved a new ordinance that bans smoking in many public areas. The new law has been implemented starting July 18.
Branding itself as a smoke-free city, Manhattan Beach is now conducting the new ordinance, which broadens its existing laws to include electronic cigarettes. Scope of the smoking ban now includes many public places, including city streets and sidewalks, as well as public dining locations. Anyone inside the city may light a smoke in designated areas inside most hotels, and also residential areas and inside private moving vehicles.
Sona Coffee, who functions as the environmental program manager in Manhattan Beach, said that anyone walking through shops and other public areas can rest assured of their health. “The reason for that is we want to protect all of our visitors all of our residents from the impacts of second-hand smoke,” Coffee said in a news item.
Violators caught smoking in banned areas will be dealt with a $100 fine for the first offense. However, the city’s residents are given one month before the ordinance is set to full implementation and violators get slapped with the fine.
“Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health”
That’s the phrase we see in cigarette packs for years and it seems that an increasing number of Americans are paying more attention to it than ever before.
According to a new Gallup survey, 22 percent of Americans today support a complete ban on smoking compared to the 12 percent in 2007. Twenty-five percent of those living in the western and eastern part of the country say they would support making smoking illegal while twenty-three percent in the south and twelve percent in the midwest would do the same.
More Americans are also becoming conscious about the negative effects of smoking, with 82 percent saying they recognize that smoking is “very harmful” while 13 percent say it’s “somewhat harmful.”
As expected, very few of the country’s current smokers support smoking ban.
A report by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation shows that as of July 2013 more than 22,400 municipalities across the U.S. are covered by a smoking ban in workplaces, and/or restaurants, and/or bars. A total of 24 states, including the District of Columbia, have enacted statewide bans on smoking in all enclosed public places. These states include Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Colleges and universities across the country are also taking aim on cigarette smokers with at least 1,182 of them implementing a smoking ban as a way to promote healthier lifestyle.
A feature on The Washington Post described smokers in the Big Apple as an “endangered breed,” in very much the same way as some of the earth’s vanishing species are being described. One of the things that may lead to their demise, like those other endangered species in the wild, is loss of habitat, as New York City implements a ban on smoking that will include parks, beaches, and plazas in the summer. This means that smokers will no longer be welcome in the iconic Central Park and Times Square.
From a health standpoint, their endangerment may not be such a bad thing; after all, it will certainly be beneficial to the smoker, as well as the people around him or her, if he or she is able to kick the habit. Some New Yorkers, however, say that the city has gone overboard in its apparent quest to eradicate smoking in the city.
Monica Rodriguez, a smoker in New York, shared her two cents regarding the issue: “I think they’re getting too personal… I don’t think it’s OK. They’re taking away everyone’s privileges.” Whoopi Goldberg, one of the hosts of ABC’s “The View,” pointed out that inhaling the fumes from the exhaust of the city’s taxis and buses is not healthy either: “There should be a designated place, and I’m tired of being treated like some damn criminal… If they’re really worried about the smell in the air, give us electric buses, give us electric cars, and then I’ll understand.”
Thomas A. Farley, New York City health commissioner, shared that the city’s smoking ban seeks to protect those who are most vulnerable to the effects of secondhand smoke, such as asthma sufferers and children.