He and NYC council banned smoking outside, in public parks, beaches and plazas like Times square.
The smoking outdoors ban is ridiculous. I spent the last few days in New York, and I noticed that there were a number of people sitting on park benches here and there sneaking a smoke, so maybe there’ll be a general rebellion against it.
Meanwhile, I noticed some genuine health hazards, such as the derelicts urinating in the phone enclosures and subway stairs, elderly immigrants hacking and spitting all over the place (spitting is known to spread TB, which is a problem in the immigrant Asian community), etc.
There are certainly some public health issues that do need legal enforcement, but “outdoor second-hand smoke” isn’t one of them.