State parks ordered to lift outdoor smoking ban

Changes will soon be underway at many outdoor destinations on Long Island after a judge ruled that that state parks must stop enforcing asmoking ban.

New York state parks officials must stop enforcing their recent ban on outdoor smoking, a state judge ordered, agreeing with a smokers' rights group that the state exceeded its authority.

New York state parks officials must stop enforcing their recent ban on outdoor smoking, a state judge ordered, agreeing with a smokers' rights group that the state exceeded its authority. (10/11/13)

BABYLON - Changes will soon be underway at many outdoor destinations on Long Island after a judge ruled that that state parks must stop enforcing a smoking ban enacted earlier this year.

New York State Parks officials established no-smoking areas at popular state beaches and state parks back in February. Today, a judge said the parks department does not have the authority to impose such rules.

The judge did not express an opinion on outdoor smoking regulations in general. A spokesman from the Northeast chapter of the American Lung Association says the health of park-goers should be the key issue.

Some visitors at Robert Moses State Park say they appreciated the ban, while others say the smoke does not bother them as long as smokers stay far away and dispose of their butts.

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