New York City Outdoor Smoking Ban

  • Aired:  06/20/11
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Samantha Bee finds that the smoking ban finally allows residents to enjoy the splendor of New York City's outdoor spaces. (3:21)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> WELCOME BACK.

NEW YORK CITY.

THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH.

AND SAMANTHA B FOUND OUT

POLITICIANS JUST FIGURED OUT

A WAY TO MAKE IT EVEN

GREATER.

>> NEW YORK CITY PARKS.

AN OASIS SULLIED BY A

SCOURGE OF SELF-ISH MISS

KRINTS.

PEOPLE SMOKING BUT FINALLY

THERE'S JUSTICE.

>> NEW YORK CITY HAS

EXPANDED SMOKING BAN HAS

TAKEN EFFECT NOT LIGHTING UP

AT PARKS, BEACHES OR

PEDESTRIANS PLAZAS.

>> POLITICIANS HAVE STOOD UP

AND SAID NOT IN OUR

BACKYARD.

>> PARKS ARE A PLACE WHERE

PEOPLE SHOULD GO TO RELAX

AND TO HAVE FUN.

GO WITH THEIR KIDS AND NOT,

YOU KNOW, FEAR THAT THEY'RE

GOING TO EXPOSE THEM TO

CIGARETTE SMOKE.

>> WHEN PEOPLE COME TO THE

PARK THEY WANT IT TO BE

CLEAN AND GREEN.

THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE

FRESH AIR, NOT HAVE A BUNCH

OF LITTER, A BUNCH OF

CIGARETTE BUTTS WHERE THEY

ARE SITTING DOWN TO HAVE A

PICNIC.

>> AND THE PARKS AREN'T JUST

FOR PICNICS.

>> EVERY ONE CAN FINALLY

ENJOY THE SPLEN DOOR OF OUR

OUTDOOR SPACES.

>> TELL ME ABOUT WHAT THE

PARKS WERE LIKE PRIOR TO THE

SMOKING BAN.

>> IT WAS NOT AS ENJOYABLE.

IT WAS NOT AS ENJOYABLE.

>> NOT AS FAMILY [BLEEP]

[BLEEP]-- [BLEEP] OH, LOOKS

LIKE THOSE TWO ARE HAVING A

MINOR DISAGREEMENT OVER THE

USE OF GREEN SPACE.

OKAY.

DON'T GET STABBED.

LET'S HAVE A PICNIC.

I'LL GET MY PICNIC BASKET

AND GO ON THE GRASS OVER

HERE AND HAVE FUN.

>> I DON'T THINK-- I DON'T

THINK WE CAN GO ON THE

GRASS.

IT'S NOT LEGAL.

>> I'M SORRY, SAY THAT

AGAIN.

>> I THINK THE GRASS IS OFF

LIMITS.

>> OH!

OH MY GOD, THAT'S AWESOME.

SO THIS PARK IS JUST FOR

SHOW.

SO YAY!

YOU DID IT!

CONGRAT LATIONS!

BEAUTIFICATION OF THE PARK,

ACCOMPLISHED.

>> YES, ACCOMPLISHED, YES.

>> THESE GENTLEMEN ARE JUST

MAKING SURE THAT NOTHING

WEIRD HAPPENS.

>> SURE.

>> JUST KIND OF PATROLLING

THE PARK.

>> OKAY.

>> OH.

>> I'M SORRY, NO, I DON'T.

SORRY.

>> DO YOU HAVE CIGARETTE

ROLLING PAPERS.

>> NOBODY, I DON'T.

>> NO, WE DON'T.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE

INHIBITS MY ENJOYMENT OF THE

PARK.

>> WHAT?

>> THIS GIANT UNDULATING

PILE OF HUMAN SORROW.

I HAVE TO GO HOME AT THE END

OF BEING IN THIS PARK AND

SCRUB MYSELF WITH A METAL

BARBECUE BRUSH JUST TO GET

ALL THE SADNESS OFF.

ARE YOU [BLEEP] KIDDING ME,

SMOKING!

NO MATTER HOW JUST THE LAW,

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOME

REPROBATES WHO INSIST ON

BREAKING IT.

>> HOW ARE THOSE DRUG

ADDICTS SUPPOSED TO TWEAK

PROPERLY WITH ALL OF YOUR

SECONDHAND SMOKE BLOWING IN

THEIR FACES.

>> I TRY NOT TO GET NEAR

THEM WHEN I'M SMOKING.

>> THAT'S KIND OF YOU.

WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO CALL

THAT HOBO MAN OVER THERE WHO

IS WASHING HIS BUM IN THE

WATER FOUNTAIN?

OKAY, OH, OH --

>> THERE ARE JUST SOME

THINGS THAT NOBODY SHOULD BE

EXPOSED TO IN A PUBLIC PARK.

>> I CAN'T SMOKE IN THIS

PARK.

>> NO, YOU CAN'T.

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