N.Y. county lawmakers propose bill to ban smoking in private homes

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 20th, 2020 8:36 am

Lawmakers in Suffolk County, New York, are proposing two laws that would ban citizens from smoking in their own apartments, condominiums, and multi-family homes.

One law would be an outright ban, while the other prohibits smoking on balconies and patios where the smoke could mix with public air. Both are aimed at reducing exposure to second-hand smoke.

Legislator Sam Gonzalez, who sponsored the bill, told a local CBS affiliate that he does not think the laws are too much.

"It's not going too far. We're heading in that direction anyway. We can't smoke in restaurants. We can't smoke in buildings," Gonzalez said. "We can't smoke inside the theaters. There are parks, there are beaches that you can't smoke in. We are headed there."

The bill is expected to be presented to Suffolk County's Health Committee at the end of the month and go to a full vote in March.


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