Boston smoking ban: What it means for public health, enforcement and the 2014 Freedom Rally

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Michael Siegel, School of Public Health

Two weeks ago the city made it illegal for anyone to smoke tobacco, marijuana and vaporized substances in its 251 parks, squares, cemeteries and beaches, but questions linger as to how the city plans on keeping people from publicly puffing, and whether the ban is even warranted…

Expert quote:

“Undeniably non smokers have the right to not have to be exposed to significant health hazards that they don’t have control over. However, I think that banning smoking in these wide-open places doesn’t make a lot of sense. It really goes beyond the health justification… I’m not aware of any data that shows that fleeting exposure to smoke in a park represents a significant health hazard, or poses a public health problem.”

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