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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law to ban smoking on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North platforms to protect other passengers from secondhand smoke.
The new law prohibits smoking in outdoor spaces for ticketing, boarding or platforms of train stations operated by the MTA or its subsidiaries.
“It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms,” Cuomo said. “This law will make outdoor MTA train platforms, ticketing and boarding areas a cleaner, healthier place for all commuters.”
The New York State Department of Health estimates that second-hand smoke kills 2,500 New Yorkers every year.
The law will take effect in 90 days.
New York City and New Jersey stations already have similar restrictions.
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