Updated 04/09/2012 07:41 PM
Playgrounds, pools, beaches going smoke-free at state parks
State park officials have announced the creation of smoke-free zones in parks and historic sites across New York. Lori Chung has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Some areas of New York State's parks and historic sites are becoming smoke-free.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation says areas where people gather, including playgrounds, swimming pools and beaches, will be smoke-free.
Smoking will still be allowed in other areas, including campsites.
Crews are installing and maintaining signs at each location where the new smoke-free policy is enacted.
The American Lung Association is applauding the new policy. The Association says the changes will better protect the public from health hazards associated with secondhand smoke.
According to the Lung Association, an estimated 2,500 New York residents died each year as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.
The group released a statement which reads, "Reducing exposure to the 7,000 toxic chemicals and 69 known carcinogens found in tobacco smoke is especially crucial for those who suffer from lung disease. This summer, visitors to pools and playgrounds at New York State parks will be able to enjoy these areas without being exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke that can carry serious health consequences and result in life-threatening disease."
For a list of the designated non-smoking areas, visit www.nysparks.com.