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More Smoking Bans Coming To New York State Parks

Violators May Be Subject To A $250 Ticket
A man holds a cigarette - Dec 15, 2008 - Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A man holds a cigarette – Dec 15, 2008 – Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Smoking will be forbidden at more New York State parks this summer.

The office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that residents should be able to enjoy the outdoors “free of pollution from secondhand smoke.”

The new rules vary from park to park, so the state has posted a list online of places where smoking is banned.

In the state parks in New York City, smoking is permitted only on sidewalks and certain parking lots. The New York City state parks include Riverbank State Park in Manhattan, East River State Park in Brooklyn, Bayswater and Gantry Plaza state parks in Queens, Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx, and Clay Pit Ponds Preserve on Staten Island.

City-operated parks in New York City are also entirely smoke-free.

Violators of the new state rules can get tickets, and face fines of up to $250.

Smoking will still be allowed in most campsites, parking lots and open-air picnic areas.

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