Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Coming to New York City: smokefree parks?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering making parks and beaches smokefree, The New York Times reports. Not only for health reasons — secondhand smoke drifts, he notes — but for litter reasons too (I’ve never quite understood why smokers who toss butts on the ground think the world is their ashtray).

“When you ask people in our parks and beaches,” Bloomberg said, “they say they just don’t want smokers there.”

New York City wouldn’t be breaking any new ground with this – hundreds of cities have smokefree parks, smokefree beaches, and smokefree zoos.

Wouldn’t it be great if Washington, D.C., did that next?

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