Suffolk County Legislature narrowly passed legislation to outlaw smoking in most areas of county parks and beaches.

On June 19th, 2012 the Suffolk County Legislature narrowly passed legislation to outlaw smoking in most areas of county parks and beaches.

Suffolk County Legislators were divided on the bill which passed 10-7

“The smoking ban smoking because the effects of secondhand smoke pose a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of citizens who do not smoke,” according to the bill.

Smoking will be allowed in designated park or beach smoking areas, golf courses and campgrounds owned or operated by the county, according to the resolution. According to the S.C. Legislature, many smokers discard their cigarettes on the ground when smoking outside, leaving unsightly litter which detracts from other residents’ enjoyment of county parks and beaches and creates an environmental hazard as toxins from the cigarettes break down and absorb into the surrounding land and water.

No penalties or plan of enforcement is written into the law.

June 20, 2012

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