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Parks Smoking Ban Results In One Ticket

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The city's new public smoking ban has not sparked a ticket blitz.

Only one ticket has been issued since the ban on smoking at public parks and beaches took effect on May 23.

The Parks Department says the single ticket was given to a newspaper photographer who had been provoking officials to fine him.

Under the ban, violators face a $50 fine.

The city has said it expects the law to be enforced mostly by New Yorkers themselves, who are urged to ask people they see smoking to stop.

Most people who spoke with NY1 this morning said they were happy to just butt out.

"If there's kids around or if it bothers someone, it's okay. Otherwise it is what it is," said a New Yorker.

"It's kind of a silly law, 'cause why it makes a difference here [in the park] versus there [in the street] is beyond me," said another.

"I wouldn't take it upon myself to hassle or bother somebody like that," said a third.

City officials say they are currently focused more on informing people about the new law than writing tickets.

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