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Working with our communities to keep our kids and parks free from tobacco litter, smoke and vape aerosol.

Tobacco-Free Parks and Recreation

  • Reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and vapor.

  • Ensure a healthy environment for sports, recreation and other outdoor activities. Create accessibility for all!

  • Reduce cigarette and vape device litter. Cigarettes are the most littered item in the country. Cigarette butts are not biodegradable and contain toxins that are harmful to all living things.

How can we help?

The Tobacco Free Zone of Cortland, Tompkins and Chenango Counties is a resource for towns, villages, organizations, and businesses that want to create tobacco-free outdoor spaces.

We can provide:

  • Educational materials

  • Sample policies

  • Custom Signage

Signage Gallery

On July 15, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation that restricts smoking in certain outdoor areas.  

As of October 13, 2022, smoking of tobacco and cannabis in "any public park" is prohibited. A "park" is defined to include "public parks, beaches, pools, boardwalks, marinas, playgrounds, recreation centers, and group camps."

It also authorizes local municipalities to impose a $50 penalty for violations

*Note: this new law does NOT prohibit the use of vaping products and non-combustible tobacco and cannabis products.

However, Public Health Law already prohibits smoking and vaping of tobacco and cannabis products between sunrise and sunset at all playgrounds in New York when one or more children under age 12 are present.

Confusing?  Yes. 

Fortunately, local municipalities have the authority to expand the provisions set forth in NYS Public Health Law to be more comprehensive, consistent and easier to enforce. Contact us for help.

Learn more about disposing of e-cigarette waste.
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