ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Legislation proposed in the New York State Assembly would ban smoking in private automobiles with kids on board, the New York Post reports.
Another bill was introduced that would also ban smoking on public beaches and in parks.
"This is a well-planned strategy to essentially eradicate tobacco use using back-door methods," said Audrey Silk, co-founder of the New York City-based pro-smokers group CLASH.
"With concern for public health, I would be pleased [if smoking were banned], but that's not what we're doing," said Assemblyman Alexander "Pete" Grannis, the Legislature's leading anti-smoking advocate and a sponsor of the pending legislation.
Grannis, D-Manhattan, said bills like those outlawing smoking in cars with kids on board and banning the sale of more affordable small packs of cigarettes are designed to protect children.
And he insisted his bill to ban smoking at parks and beaches is meant to cut down on litter.