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New York - State Parks Bans Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools

Published on: April 9, 2012 05:38 PM
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New York - The state is creating smoke-free areas outdoors at New York state parks and historic sites, including around playgrounds and pools.


The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says Monday the smoke-free zones will be around recreation areas, including beaches and picnic shelters. The agency operates 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

Parks officials say that will protect children and others from the dangers of secondhand smoke and reduce litter from discarded cigarettes.

The agency is also making six state parks in New York City smoke-free to make them consistent with the ban on smoking in all city-run parks.

Smoking is already prohibited in all buildings at state parks and historic sites under New York’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

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 Apr 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM cookookajew Says:

I can make up a better reason for the ban - curbing potential fires among flammable material. regardless, I think smokers are being given a hard rap lately. I'm not a smoker myself, but i cant help rolling my eyes every time i hear something like this.

Its almost as if they are being singled out for some reason, and I hardly doubt it's because of the sensitives who may inhale second hand. It nearly impossible not to see an advertisement ostracism them on the side the of a bus, in a newspaper and on film.


 Apr 10, 2012 at 09:12 PM Applestein Says:

looks like they are following the Canadians


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