Hochul bans smoking in state-owned public parks, beaches

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Smoking will be banned in state-owned public parks and beaches in New York.

Gov. Hochul signed the legislation on Friday.

This means you will no longer be able to smoke at state-owned beaches, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds and recreation centers.

The bill exempts the Adirondacks and Catskills from the ban, as well as parking lots.

Many cities already have restrictions or bans on smoking in public places.

The fine for breaking the law is $50.