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When they lit a couple of Newports outside Yale-New Haven Hospital, these visitors got booted from the property. Soon they may be kicked off of nearby city sidewalks, too.

In an effort to protect patients from second-hand smoke, YNHH has asked city legislators for permission to designate the sidewalks surrounding its campus as smoke-free zones.

The proposal was poised for expedited approval at Monday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, until aldermen decided it needs a public hearing first.

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