New York bans smoking at state-owned beaches, playgrounds, rec centers

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) – New York has extended smoking bans in state-owned recreational areas, thanks to legislation signed Friday by Governor Hochul.

The new law prohibits smoking in state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers and group camps. Violations are punishable by a $50 fine.

The ban does not apply to the Adirondacks and Catskills nor parking lots or sidewalks adjoining parks.

The law is expected to not only cut down on secondhand smoke, but cigarette butts, which are a top item discovered during park cleanups.