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      Governor announces expanded smoking ban in state parks

      Beach at Green Lakes

      Governor Cuomo announced an expanded ban on smoking in state parks, like Green Lakes and Chittenango Falls, among others.

      ??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,?? said Governor Cuomo. ??Today??s announcement of the expansion of smoke-free zones in our state parks is an important step forward in ensuring New York??s families can enjoy our great outdoors smoke-free, in a healthy environment. I encourage all New Yorkers to visit our unmatched state parks this summer and take advantage of the variety of recreational activities available to them.??

      The ban expands smoke-free zones on beaches, in pavilions and picnic shelters, athletic facilities, outdoor seating areas and others.

      In 2010 alone, the American Association of Poison Control Centers received more than 7,428 reports of potentially toxic exposures to tobacco products among children younger than six years of age.

      More than 300 municipalities in New York State agree and have passed regulations restricting tobacco use in parks, playgrounds, beaches, pools, athletic areas, pavilions and other outdoor recreational areas.