Updated 03/21/2012 05:59 AM
Crossgates to become tobacco-free on May 31
Smokers are finding it more and more difficult to light up in public and now they have one less place to go. Dozens of malls across the state are going completely tobacco free. YNN's Lori Chung reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Pyramid Management Group LLC announces all of its malls will be tobacco-free by the end of May. Locally, this includes Crossgates Mall, as well as Aviation Mall in Queensbury.
The new policy includes all tobacco products - cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco - as well as similar substances or instruments that are lit or burning, like electronic cigarettes.
The policy applies to the entire mall property, inside and outside.
The Director of Asset Management for Pyramid said the new policy will provide a more enjoyable and healthier shopping experience for visitors and will support employees and guests who are sensitive to secondhand smoke.
The new policy goes into effect May 31st.
New York malls covered by new policy:
Aviation Mall - Queensbury
Carousel Center – Syracuse (became smoke-free in 2007, will be tobacco-free)
Champlain Centre - Plattsburgh
Crossgates Mall - Guilderland
Galleria at Crystal Run - Middletown
Palisades Center – West Nyack
Poughkeepsie Galleria - Poughkeepsie
Salmon Run Mall - Watertown
Sangertown Square – New Hartford
The Shops at Ithaca Mall - Ithaca
Walden Galleria - Buffalo
Massachusetts malls covered by new policy:
Berkshire Mall - Lanesborough
Independence Mall - Kingston
Hampshire Mall - Hadley
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside - Holyoke