The City Council today approved a proposal today that will make it illegal to smoke at city parks and beaches.
The measure, known as the Smoke Free Air Act, passed 36 to 12.
It will now extend the smoking ban to cover the city’s approximately 14 miles of public beaches and 1,700 parks, including pedestrian plazas like those in Times Square and Herald Square.
The proposal is designed to protect the public from the hazards of secondhand smoke. But critics of the extension say the law infringes on their rights.
The city already prohibits smoking at playgrounds, outdoor sporting events and concerts, as well as at bars and restaurants.