Opponents of Boston’s new smoking ban stage ‘smoke out’ protest in Boston Common

Boston Parks and Recreation has adopted a smoking ban in city parks. Credit: Getty Images
Boston Parks and Recreation has adopted a smoking ban in city parks. Credit: Getty Images

A group of local smokers and opponents of Boston’s new ban on smoking and vaporizing in public parks, beaches, squares and cemeteries staged a protest Saturday on Boston Common in an effort to repeal the ban.

Organizers of “Boston Common Smoke Out/Vape Up!” explained their gripe on a Facebook event page, saying they plan to stage similar protests until the city takes action:

“As concerned citizens who spend much leisure time on the Common and other Parks, we are outraged to learn that there will now be a $250.00 fine for smoking outdoors in a Park in Boston!

This ban is for smokers and those who use vaporizers, and will be -selectively- enforced at the discretion of the BPD or Park Rangers, if they want a reason to harass you (or otherwise interfere in your life).

As Citizens of, and Visitors to the Commonwealth and to Boston, we reject the Nanny State ban on smoking outdoors, we recognize this as unenforceable at best and selectively enforceable at worst, we see potential enforcement as a huge waste of tax revenue, and we will disobey this ordinance on the third weekend of every month until the ban has been repealed.”

According to one of the protesters, the event went off without a hitch.

“It rained,then snowed.Everybody smoked & vaped,The police were there but didn’t bother to leave their cars.The Boston Globe & 104.1 were there interviewing everybody.Zero tickets written! It was a success!,” Stake Airbrushing reported on the event page.

The smoking ban, which went into effect in late December, aims to reduce the threat of second hand smoke inhalation and cigarette litter, and also strives dissuade young people from picking up the habit, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.

Although city officials said they plan on letting smokers slide with warnings until a public outreach campaign gains momentum, smokers will eventually face a $250 fine.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS

 


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

News

Mets mascot Mr. Met target of Bill Clinton…

Mets mascot Mr. Met has told how he ended up in the crosshairs of a Secret Service sniper rifle. The man behind the Mr. Met…

International

Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."

National

Chelsea Clinton pregnant with first child

Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Movies

Review: 'Transcendence' is not stupid but sometimes lacks…

The cyberthriller "Transcendence" explores artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and other ethical quandaries, but has too much ambition, if anything.

Television

Dick Wolf to bring fictionalized world of 'Law…

A&E has ordered a pilot called "D.O.A." from "Law and Order" mastermind Dick Wolf that will focus on real detectives reexamining cold cases. A trio…

Television

Shane West talks WGN America's 'Salem'

The actor on history lessons, a new network and showing his butt.

Movies

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' finds few jokes in women…

John Turturro writes, directs and stars in "Fading Gigolo," in which he plays a prostitute whose pimp is Woody Allen. And there's still very few jokes.

NHL

Rangers draw first blood against Flyers in Game…

Brad Richards and Derek Stepan scored power-play goals 47 seconds apart to lead the Rangers to a 4-1 win.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.

NFL

Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.

NFL

Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.

Travel

Earth Day travel in the Florida Keys

See why this eco-friendly destination deserves your attention.

Tech

Sorry, Facebook — FarmVille goes mobile with 'Country…

Zynga has released a version of the hit "FarmVille" tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players.