It’s now illegal to smoke in the center of downtown Providence. Last week the City Council voted to override the mayor, banning smoking on street corners and sidewalks. In downtown Providence Monday, some residents and workers shared their reactions to the ban.
Smoking a cigarette next to Burnside Park, Sarah Heistand said people should be able to smoke outdoors.
“You’re outside,” said Heistand. “I mean, what are you gonna do about the people that work down here? Where are they gonna smoke? I don’t think it’s right.”