City to try banning smoking in parks and beaches

(AP) - New York City is moving forward with a plan toban smoking in parks and beaches.

Officials say Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announcethe legislation on Wednesday.

The city's health commissioner said a year ago that his goal wasto ban smoking in city parks and beaches.

Bloomberg has said he was skeptical it could get done. But thestaunchly anti-tobacco mayor said in July he was waiting for afinal city report on the idea.

The City Council legislation will require hearings before thefull 51-member body can vote.

Other states and cities nationwide have banned smoking in parksand beaches.

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