NEW CANAAN, Conn. Jack and Kiera Hynes do not think smoking is cool at all. The mere sight of a cigarette butt near a bench on the platform of the New Canaan train station solidified their thinking.
I dont think you should smoke because its bad for you, said Jack, 9, while waiting for the next Metro-North train with his sister and his dad, Tom Hynes. Im not going to smoke.
Its no surprise, then, that the siblings wouldnt mind seeing Connecticut implement a smoking ban at its Metro-North Railroad stations. Last Sunday, a new law went into effect in New York state prohibiting smoking on outdoor platform, ticketing and boarding areas at Metro-North and Long Island Railroad terminals and stations.
The new law is a benefit to our customers, helping us in our efforts to provide a healthier and cleaner environment on our platforms and in our ticketing and boarding area, Metro-North President Howard Permut said. Smoking is already banned on all trains and in all indoor areas within a terminal or station.
Tom Hynes, who commutes on Metro-North every day, said he rarely encounters smokers at the New Canaan station in the mornings. Not a single guy, he said.
Ken Hill, 42, of New Canaan, said he occasionally has fun with smokers at the Stamford station. He might see person light up at the Stamford stop before boarding a train to New Canaan and say Hey, I think Bloomberg got rid of smoking here. Hes usually greeted with a snappy response stating that rules from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg mean nothing in Connecticut.
I wouldnt mind seeing it (a smoking ban), but I dont think it will pass in Connecticut because too many people smoke, he said.
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