Smell Flowers, Not Smoke in New York Public Parks

The NY Times sent an investigative reporter to Bryant Park to test the new city regulation banning smoking in parks and finds non-smoking park-goers incredibly tolerant toward smoking violations while smokers appear compliant with the regulation.
May 30, 2011, 7am PDT | Irvin Dawid
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It's a $50 violation, but if the reporter's observation of lack of real violations on the second day of the ban holds, this regulation won't be a money-maker for the city. More telling, though, was the decidedly lack of objection from those subject to inhaling 'illegal smoke'.

As a final test for the experiment, the reporter, lit cigarette in hand, approached a park security guard for directions.

"Yo, boss," this guard said. "Cigarette's gotta go."

"The guard reached into his pocket and withdrew a piece of paper, not much bigger than a baseball card. The paper, which announced the ban, said, "Smell flowers, not smoke."

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Published on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in The New York Times - N.Y. / Region
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