The state has expanded its outdoor smoke-free areas at state parks and historic sites for the summer.
The announcement today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo comes after a smokers’ rights group filed a lawsuit in May 2012 against the ban, saying it wasn’t properly vetted. The state resubmitted the regulations last winter in order to address the concerns in the lawsuit.
New York has 79 state parks and 37 historic sites.
“Our state parks embody the rich, natural beauty that New York has to offer, and our residents should be able to enjoy them free of pollution from second hand smoke,” Cuomo said in a statement.
Signs have been posted through the parks to limit where smoking can take place. Smoke-free areas are at playgrounds and swimming pools, as well as many beaches, pavilions, boardwalks and athletic fields, state officials said. Smoking will also be prohibited within 50 feet of buildings.
Smoking is prohibited in all New York City parks, for both those run by the city or the state. There are more than 300 municipalities that have restricted smoking in locally owned parks, state officials said.
Fines of up to $250 could be issued by law enforcement if the smoking regulations are violated.
Smoking will still be permitted at most campsites, open air picnic areas, parking areas and undeveloped areas within the 330,000-acre state park system, the state said.
The state released a list of areas where smoking will be banned at http://nysparks.com/inside-our-agency/public-documents.aspx