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New Smoke-Free Areas at State Parks and Historic Sites

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Rochester: New Smoke-Free Areas at State Parks and Historic Sites
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Starting this week, smoking near playgrounds, pools, swimming beaches and some other areas of New York state parks will be prohibited.

"I'm happy about it. Personally, I think it's really disgusting when you're on the beach and you're trying to sit down and there's cigarette butts littering the sand all around you, so I'm just as happy that we're not going to have to deal with the trash from that," said Kit Wiitanen, visiting from Jersey City, New Jersey.

"It's very difficult to make people comply with that. People are gonna smoke where they're
gonna smoke, you know. I think it's sort of foolish," said Don Herring of Greece.

Smoking is already prohibited inside all buildings and pavilions within the state park system.
The state office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation said signs will be put up in the spring marking the new outdoor designated smoke free zones.

Smoking will still be allowed elsewhere in state parks and at campsites.

"It's really about parks and historic sites and what they represent, and again, its about building mind and muscle and outdoor lifestyle, and smoking doesn't really fit into that and so that's why we went forward," said Rose Harvey, State Parks Commissioner.

The state expects most park visitors will comply with the new smoking policy. Those who don't could be cited for disorderly conduct.

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