NYC considers making walking and smoking illegal
NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - If you don't smoke and you find yourself walking behind someone who does, it can be unpleasant. Now a New York City Councilman wants to do something about it.
"My bill is very simple, no smoking and walking on New York City Sidewalks," said Queens Councilman Peter Koo (Dist. 20).
His bill would make it a misdemeanor to walk while smoking, likely punishable by a fine of $50.
Smokers, already banned from lighting up in public parks among many other places in the city, weren't thrilled at the idea.
"I'm not standing in one spot, it's not gonna happen," said Ian, a smoker in Flushing. "As I'm walking, it's outside, I'm not blowing it in anyone's faces."
Other smokers questioned how such a law would be enforced and said it would divert much-needed police resources.
Smoking while standing in one spot would still be allowed. While some questioned whether a ban on walking and smoking would infringe on civil liberties, Koo said he's not concerned.
"This bill is not against smoking just don't do both together," Koo said.
He plans to introduce the bill as soon as Wednesday.