Broadening the Ban on Smoking in Broome County

By Erika Mahoney

Broadening the Ban on Smoking in Broome County

October 18, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County lawmakers unanimously approved a smoking ban that expands the number of no smoking zones in country parks.

A law approved in July banned the activity from all playgrounds and sports fields owned by the county. The new law adds parking lots to the list, all in an effort to cut down on second hand smoke.

"If it pushes a few more people to quit smoking or at least to think about their smoking habit, then it's a good thing," said Legislator Mark Whalen.

But there will be designated areas where people can smoke.

"We didn't want people walking into the woods and smoking, so we are trying to accommodate both the smokers and the non-smokers," said Legislative Chairman Jerry Marinich.

The ban goes into effect as soon as Broome County Executive Debbie Preston adds her signature.

If someone is caught smoking, they will be asked to put the cigarette out or leave the park.

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