ALBANY – Smokers will have fewer places to light up in state parks and historical sites beginning this month. During recent action in Albany, the state has designated more outdoor locations as tobacco-free zones. These include picnic spots and areas around playgrounds and pools.
Officials, though, did not decide on a total smoking ban for all parks, except state parks located in New York City, which has enacted its own local tobacco ban for city-owned parks.
The smoking ban applies to such spots as beaches, picnic shelters, pavilion and event tents at Allegany State Park; any covered areas, any food and beverage lines, and eight new areas – including waiting lines to pay for trolley rides or patio areas at the Maid of the Mist – at Niagara Falls State Park. Smoking already is banned inside public buildings in the park system.