MTA ignites smoking ban on all platforms

Commuters will no longer be able to light up while waiting for the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) after a new smoking ban

BROOKLYN - Commuters will no longer be able to light up while waiting for the Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) after a new smoking ban went into effect yesterday.

In compliance with MTA law, both railroads now prohibit anyone from smoking at outdoor ticketing, boarding or platform areas. The MTA had voted in favor of the ban back in September.

Those who are caught smoking will only get a warning for now. It's unclear when that grace period will expire, but when it does, violators could face a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Most commuters in Bed-Stuy say they were sick of dodging second-hand smoke and are happy with the ban.

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