NEW YORK - A ban on smoking in New York City parks, beaches, boardwalks and pedestrian plazas took effect on Monday, but smokers can still puff away legally on sidewalks.
New York's City Council passed the ban in February, over some grumbling about government meddling in people's private lives, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed off on it shortly afterward.
The law extends the city's existing ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. New Yorkers can smoke on sidewalks, parking lots, streets and in their homes, although many landlords of rental properties do not allow it.
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