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Smoking Now Banned in Public Parks and Beaches

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You can take a breath of fresh air now at public parks and beaches in the state. Governor Kathy Hochul has enacted a smoking ban on all state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers, and camps.


The smoking ban takes effect immediately and those who violate it can now face a $50 civil fine. The law does exempt the Adirondacks and Catskills as well as parking lots.

“Smoking is a dangerous habit that affects not only the smoker but everyone around them, including families and children enjoying our state’s great public places,” Governor Hochul said. “I’m proud to sign this legislation that will protect New Yorker’s health and help reduce litter in public parks and beaches across the state.”

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