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NY State Parks Bans Smoking at Playgrounds, Pools

Monday, April 09, 2012

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.

"State Parks and Historic Sites should be healthy and clean places for our visitors, especially our youngest guests," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "It makes sense to ensure all visitors have a place to go in our parks to enjoy fresh air, while also protecting children playing at our pools and playgrounds from the dangers of second-hand smoke and reducing litter from discarded cigarette butts."

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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