Smoking a Cigarette in Central Park Will Now Cost You $50

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Mayor Bloomberg's new smoking ban in parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas goes into effect today. Although violations come with a $50 fine, only the city's 200 Parks Enforcement Patrol will be able to hand them out, which means there's less of chance smokers will replace bikers as the NYPD's new personae non grata. [NY1, ABC News]