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Councilors Propose Smoking Ban At Boston Parks

BOSTON (CBS) - Two Boston city councilors are considering a proposal that would ban smoking in public parks and beaches in the city.

Councilor Salvatore LaMattina has filed an order for a public hearing on the proposal, which is co-sponsored by Councilor Felix Arroyo. Both men suffer from asthma and have been working with Boston's asthma task force.

The plan bounces off a similar ordinance passed in New York City this month.

"I saw this happen a few times in a park where somebody lights up a cigarette and the person next to them has to move," LaMattina said.

"My concern is the second hand smoke. Second hand smoke kills. I want to be sure that when people go to a park or a beach or public space, that is a smoke-free environment."


Councilor Salvatore LaMattina speaks with WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ed Golden

The proposal would allow smoking on public sidewalks.

LaMattina and Arroyo plan to unveil their idea to ban smoking in Boston parks and beaches at Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting.

Any official action on the plan would be months away.

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