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Albany County bans tobacco use in parks

May 10, 2017 12:02 am
Amanda Fries reports in The Albany Times Union the Albany County Legislature passed Local Law “A" May 8 banning tobacco products and electronic cigarettes in county-owned parks and recreational areas. “The intent of the law is to reduce secondhand smoke, particularly for our youth who are using our recreational areas,” said Democratic Legislator Paul Miller. “Additionally, I expect it will help reduce some of the litter that is being left - cigarette butts and other products - which can be harmful to wildlife and pets.” Albany County already bans the use of electronic cigarettes from most workplaces, bars, and restaurants and last year raised the legal age to buy tobacco and nicotine in the county from 18 to 21. The new law mandates a $50 fine, and a $200 to $500 fine for each subsequent use of tobacco in a county park. Read the full story in The Albany Times Union.