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Kathy Hochul tells smokers to leave NY state parks, beaches after ban



New York – On Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill banning smoking on all state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers, and group camps.

According to the new bill, smoking in these designated areas will be punishable with a civil fine of $50. The bill exempts the Adirondacks and Catskills from the ban as well as parking lots, sidewalks adjoining parks, and areas not used for park purposes.

“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.”

The bill passed by large margins in both the Senate and Assembly.

Many municipalities and local governments already have restrictions or bans on smoking in public spaces.

This additional penalty will enforce a statewide prohibition and includes a fine that will be collected by localities.