Letter: State parks, historic sites should be smoke-free

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Blair Horner, VP of Advocacy, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network of NY & NJ | Categories:
New Yorkers and their children should not have to endure toxic clouds of secondhand smoke to experience the state’s parks, beaches and historic sites (”State proposes no-smoking areas at parks,” Dec. 14). We echo the U.S. Surgeon General: There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and about 70 that can cause cancer. It is estimated that more than 126 million nonsmoking Americans are exposed to secondhand smoke in homes, workplaces and public places. Hundreds of New York localities have enacted their own outdoor smoke-free laws, so it makes sense that state parks and historical sites would do the same. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network thanks Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for acting to protect the health of New Yorkers as they enjoy the state’s outdoor spaces.
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