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Gov. Cuomo tightening ban on smoking in state parks

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- As summer approaches, Governor Cuomo is tightening up the ban on smoking in state parks.

On top of pools and playground areas, smoking will be banned in public gardens, pavilions and picnic areas.

"I love it," said Nina Stanley of Albany.  "I wish they would do that for outside dining.  I want to sit outside and eat, but I never can cause the smoke just kills me."

As far as the parks are concerned, outdoor seating areas near food and beverage concessions are also on the smoke-free list.

"Do it in your back yard stay out of my airspace," said Stanley.

"I think it is good, especially for families with young kids," agreed Tim Dooley of Albany. "There shouldn't be smoking anywhere."

The Commissioner for the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation released a statement Friday saying, "We take the public's concerns seriously: ensuring the comfort of non-smokers, protecting the health of children and families from second-hand smoke and promoting healthy lifestyles."

The fine if caught smoking in one of the smoke-free areas could reach as high as $250.

"That might be a little excessive," said Dooley.  "I'm thinking they should lower that down."

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