Cigar Aficionado

New York Village Bans Outdoor Smoking

The incorporated village of Great Neck, New York is the first municipality in the Empire State to ban smoking outdoors.

The new law, which went into effect January 4, prohibits smoking on public sidewalks in Great Neck, a village with some 9,500 residents located in Nassau County, or within 125 feet of Middle Neck Road, the village's main throughway. It also bans smoking in front of businesses, at the Village Green Park and the Village Housing authority.

Though it is still legal to smoke within Great Neck's municipal parking lots, you can no longer smoke on the parking lot's benches or within 10 feet of them.

So where in Great Neck can you smoke?

"In yards, homes and sidewalks not in front of any shops," said Great Neck Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman.

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"This is just more proof that smokers are being descriminated; and whats worse is it's openly accepted as normal.What happened to my civil rights?" —March 2, 2011 13:40 PM
"They should change the name of Great Neck to Suck Neck, because it sucks. I guess you have to go to a great little cigar shop in Great Neck called Tobacco Plaza to smoke. George - Commack NY" —February 1, 2011 01:57 AM
"More of the same insanity from the liberal left "Pleasure Police," Tobacco Nazis, etc., to try chipping away from people's rights. I guess the only lesson they learned from Prohibition was not impose it all at once but little at a time. " —January 16, 2011 22:25 PM
"The problem with Great Necks elected officials, as well as most elected officials, is they don't truly represent their constituancies. We elect them to speak for us, at least speak for the majority, and instead they do what "they think is best for us" as if we were ignorant children. I believe if issues like this were put to a vote of the people the majority of folks would vote this stuff down. Unfortuately puting everything to a vote of the people is unrealistic. But how refreshing would be if our elected representatives checked in with us to ask how we the people felt about things like smoking bans. I would bet the amount of time wasted on stuff like this would almost disappear. But that would be in a perfect world. So for now the last bastion of freedom is your own house. I wonder how long until they take that from us? " —January 16, 2011 05:32 AM
"The only time I go there is to visit the one store that's a customer. Otherwise, I could care less about Great Neck." —January 15, 2011 20:48 PM
"Let's boycott Great Neck." —January 15, 2011 01:00 AM
"Can a citizen challenge the health of a car exhaust within the city limits. I’m sure a car exhaust is more unhealthy than cigar smoke." —January 14, 2011 18:21 PM
"Come on NY'ers time to get rid of those Liberal Democrat politicians you keep re-electing. That's one of the reasons I moved away. People complain about things like this then they re-elect the clowns that are responsible for it." —January 14, 2011 10:33 AM
"Where in the heck can you smoke in Great Neck?" —January 13, 2011 03:12 AM
"Laws like this should be paid the respect it "deserves." Founder, NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.)" —January 13, 2011 02:14 AM
"What a waste of taxpayers dollars. Stupid laws like this. " —January 12, 2011 23:36 PM
"Ridiculous." —January 12, 2011 23:12 PM
"Fascism is alive and well in Great Neck. Sad. " —January 12, 2011 17:46 PM