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New MTA Smoking Ban Affects Port Chester Commuter

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Monday a ban on smoking at MTA-operated outdoor train ticketing, boarding and platform areas, which applies to Metro-North.

"It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms," Governor Cuomo said in a press release .

The ban will go into effect in 90 days and will be enforced by the MTA. Violators will be subject to a $100 fine.

For Port Chester resident Edward Tello, this is one more reason to try to quit smoking.

"I can't stop," said Tello, taking a drag from a Marlboro as he waited for a train to New York City, where he works a night shift. "I tried to quit."

Tello said he understands the purpose of the ban, though he doesn't necessarily support it. He did venture to see the positive side of it."Maybe it'll help me quit." he said.

What do you think of the smoking ban?

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