The Court of Appeals unanimously rejected arguments from a smokers’ rights group that parks officials exceeded their authority and smoking limits should be left to state lawmakers.READ MORE: Attorney Says Current Whereabouts Of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's Fiancé, Are Unknown
Judge Eugene Fahey writes that lawmakers gave responsibility to the parks department authority to provide for public health and welfare within the park system.READ MORE: Teen Stabbed To Death After Dutchess County High School Football Game, Former Student Charged
The rules established no-smoking areas in February 2013 at various parks statewide. The parks office oversees 179 parks and 35 historic and other sites. It says smoking restrictions apply to less than 5 percent of 330,000 acres.
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