Bill S2997-2011

Prohibits smoking on platforms of the Long Island and Metro North railroads

Prohibits smoking on platforms of the Long Island and Metro North railroads.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO HEALTH
  • Feb 4, 2011: REFERRED TO HEALTH

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BILL NUMBER:S2997

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting smoking on platforms of the Long Island and Metro North railroads

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: To prohibit smoking in ticketing, boarding, or platform areas for the Long Island and Metro North railroads.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill renumbers various provisions of the clean indoor air act. Section 2 prohibits smoking in ticketing, boarding, or platform areas for the Long Island and Metro North railroads.

JUSTIFICATION: Secondhand smoke is known to be extremely dangerous. In fact in the united States alone, each year second hand smoke is responsible for: an estimated 46,000 deaths from heart disease in non-smokers who live with smokers, about 3,400 lung cancer deaths in non-smoking adults, other breathing problems in non-smokers, including coughing, mucus, chest discomfort, and reduced lung function, 150,000 to 300,000 lung infections (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) in children younger than 18 months of age, which result in 7,500 to 15,000 hospitalizations annually, increases in the number and severity of asthma attacks in about 200,000 to 1 million children who have asthma and more than 750,000 middle ear infections in children.

Expanding the smoking ban to areas of both the Long Island and Metro North railroads will help protect these riders from exposure to second hand smoke. It is not uncommon to see riders on these platforms move away from individuals who are smoking so as to not expose themselves to harmful second hand smoke. It is important to note that currently smoking is banned on all subway platforms in New York City, as well as on platforms in New Jersey.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 04/02/10 Referred to Health 06/03/10 Reported Referred to Codes 06/17/10 Amend and Recommit to Codes 06/17/10 Print Number 10500A

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2997 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 4, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to prohibiting smok- ing on platforms of the Long Island and Metro North railroads THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 1399-o of the public health law, as amended by chapter 13 of the laws of 2003, subdivision 13 as amended by chapter 154 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows: S 1399-o. Smoking restrictions. 1. Smoking shall not be permitted and no person shall smoke in the following indoor areas: [1.] A. places of employment; [2.] B. bars; [3.] C. food service establishments, except as provided in subdivision six of section thirteen hundred ninety-nine-q of this article; [4.] D. enclosed indoor areas open to the public containing a swimming pool; [5.] E. public means of mass transportation, including subways, under- ground subway stations, and when occupied by passengers, buses, vans, taxicabs and limousines; [6.] F. ticketing, boarding and waiting areas in public transportation terminals; [7.] G. youth centers and facilities for detention as defined in sections five hundred twenty-seven-a and five hundred three of the exec- utive law; [8.] H. any facility that provides child care services as defined in section four hundred ten-p of the social services law, provided that such services provided in a private home are excluded from this subdivi- sion when children enrolled in such day care are not present;
[9.] I. child day care centers as defined in section three hundred ninety of the social services law and child day care centers licensed by the city of New York; [10.] J. group homes for children as defined in section three hundred seventy-one of the social services law; [11.] K. public institutions for children as defined in section three hundred seventy-one of the social services law; [12.] L. residential treatment facilities for children and youth as defined in section 1.03 of the mental hygiene law; [13.] M. all public and private colleges, universities and other educational and vocational institutions, including dormitories, resi- dence halls, and other group residential facilities that are owned or operated by such colleges, universities and other educational and voca- tional institutions, except that these restrictions shall not apply in any off-campus residential unit occupied by a person who is not enrolled as an undergraduate student in such college, university or other educa- tional or vocational institution; [14.] N. general hospitals and residential health care facilities as defined in article twenty-eight of this chapter, and other health care facilities licensed by the state in which persons reside; provided, however, that the provisions of this subdivision shall not prohibit smoking by patients in separate enclosed rooms of residential health care facilities, adult care facilities established or certified under title two of article seven of the social services law, community mental health residences established under section 41.44 of the mental hygiene law, or facilities where day treatment programs are provided, which are designated as smoking rooms for patients of such facilities or programs; [15.] O. commercial establishments used for the purpose of carrying on or exercising any trade, profession, vocation or charitable activity; [16.] P. indoor arenas; [17.] Q. zoos; and [18.] R. bingo facilities. 2. SMOKING SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED AND NO PERSON SHALL SMOKE IN THE FOLLOWING OUTDOOR AREAS: TICKETING, BOARDING OR PLATFORM AREA OF A TRANSPORTATION TERMINAL OF THE LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD OR THE METRO NORTH RAILROAD. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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