Smokers will have to think twice the next time they light up that next cigarette once the City Council ban on smoking at beaches, parks and plazas is implemented.

The ban on smoking in public places is expected to reduce the health risks associated with smoking and secondhand smoke, say proponents of the law.

New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodri- guez said, “As a city, we need to set a strong example for young people who use our public spac- es. There are currently 20,000 high school students who are smoking, one-third of whom will face a premature death as a result of smoking-related illnesses if they don’t quit. We need to collectively show these young people that, as a city, we need to stand up for healthy public spaces.”