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New law protects students from second-hand smoke

Publication Date: 2012-09-10
  • Author:ROBERTO X. CRUZ
  • Publication:The Legislative Gazette

No butts about it, New York lawmakers are continuing to battle cigarette smoking in public places.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed two bills into law on Wednesday Sept. 5, banning smoking within 100 feet of any elementary or secondary school, and also prohibiting the sale of "e-cigarettes," an alternative to tobacco, to minors.

The new laws progress the state health departments three year plan toward a tobacco-free New York in 2013. According to a press release from the Governor's office, the laws are a necessary measure to protect children from the "particularly detrimental" side effects of second hand smoke.

The bills passed through both the state Senate and Assembly with little resistance.

Smoking bans on school grounds will now be expanded to anywhere within 100 feet from any entrance, exit or outdoor area. An exception will be made for residences within the perimeter.

The laws took effect immediately. But not everyone is ready to hand over their right to smoke where they choose quietly....

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