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The restrictions on where you can and cannot smoke in the Albany area are expanding. If you want to have a cigarette while waiting for your next bus, you might not want to get too comfortable. According to the Times Union, smoking in a CDTA bus shelter will get you hit with a $50 fine. In a unanimous vote, the Common Council voted to ban smoking inside city bus shelters. The reason behind this new ban is to protect riders looking to get out of weather from also having to deal with secondhand smoke.

I’ve been a big fan of “smoke-free New York,” but for this new rule, I don’t exactly have a say in it. I do not smoke nor do I take the bus. I’m not sure how the rest of the population feels, but I’m certain there will be a lot of shocked bus riders when they are issued their first $50 fine.