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Chappaqua Commuters React to MTA Smoking Ban

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – As of Sunday, MTA Metro-North and Long Island Rail Railroad commuters will no longer be able to smoke cigarettes on any platforms or boarding areas. The reaction to the ban, which was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August, was split among Chappaqua commuters.

“I don’t really see the point of it,” said Cynthia Nassauer, a non-smoker. “It’s outside.”

Despite some residents believing smoking outside is not a threat to others, Cuomo cited second-hand smoke as a major reason behind the ban.

"It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms," Cuomo said in a press release. "Exposure to second-hand smoke can lead to serious health problems for non-smokers and this law will make outdoor MTA train platforms, ticketing and boarding areas a cleaner, healthier place for all commuters."

The New York State Department of Health estimates that second-hand smoke kills 2,500 New Yorkers every year, according to a press release announcing the ban. While second-hand smoke is an important reason for the ban, some commuters were also excited about the impact it will have on littering.

“I think it’s good,” commuter Michale Iorio said, in reference to his dislike for seeing cigarette butts littered on the platform.

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