Original Article: PDF OnlyClarke Hillary; Wilson, Michael P.; Cummings, K. Michael; Hyland, Andrew; Clarke, Hillary JD; Cummings, K. Michael PhD, MPH; Hyland, Andrew PhDJournal of Public Health Management and Practice: January 1999 - p 1-13 Buy Abstract On January 10, 1995, New York City's mayor signed into law a bill restricting smoking in most public facilities including restaurant dining areas, workplaces, and sports stadiums. This law was the subject of extensive public debate and was considered quite controversial at the time it was enacted. Passage of the smoking law (known as the New York City Smoke-Free Air Act) helped pave the way for other localities in New York to enact similar restrictions on smoking in public facilities. This article documents the process of enacting the New York City Smoke-Free Air Act. © Aspen Publishers, Inc.