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NY mayor bans smoking in public places

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to make a change by  signing  a law Tuesday that bans smoking in parks, beaches and busy gathering places like Times Square, the health department said.

The law, which was approved by the City Council at the start of February, will be followed with $50 fines, the department said.

It will be enforced in 90 days, putting an end to  smoking in parks, pedestrian zones and 14 miles (23 kilometers) of beaches. Smoking is already prohibited in office buildings, bars and restaurants.

Health Commissioner Thomas Farley believes that  the rules would make those public spots "healthier places than ever. I encourage those still smoking to take this opportunity to quit smoking today."