With strong union support, New York City government passed a landmark measure
to prohibit smoking in almost all workplaces. The law, which takes effect March
30, extends smoking restrictions to almost all public indoor spaces. It
includes some exceptions, including bars and residential facilities that have
smoking rooms. At the City Hall signing ceremony, New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, a former smoker, said protecting nonsmokers from second-hand smoke
was essential. "Ultimately, this bill is about protecting the health of
employees in the city of New York," said City Council Speaker Gifford Miller.
"People shouldn't have to choose between their health and their jobs."
Several unions backed this drive to protect workers from second-hand smoke.
AplusA-online.de - Source: New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health