Tobacco-Free Outdoors

More than 500 municipalities in NYS have made outdoor recreation areas tobacco- and vape-free

Benefits include:

  • Protecting park users from the harmful and damaging effects of exposure to secondhand smoke (from tobacco, cannabis, or any other combustible smoking material) and aerosol emissions from electronic devices.
  • Reducing tobacco and e-cigarette litter.
  • Providing an environment that supports smoke-, vape- and tobacco-free living.
  • Being responsive to the majority of NYS residents who support tobacco- and vape-free parks, beaches and playgrounds.

New York Public Health Law prohibits smoking on all public playgrounds

NYS Public Health Law Article 13-E 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. The prominent posting of signage is also required by law to inform and encourage compliance by community members.

Communities can do even more!

Local municipalities have the authority to expand the NYS Public Health Law provisions to include all park property or additional specific areas such as sport fields, swimming pools, and beaches.  

How we can help

CDTFC can provide hands-on help to municipalities located in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties.

  • Telephone, email or in-person technical assistance, including presentations or information sessions.
  • Sample policies, sample outreach materials, and suggested timelines.
  • No-cost tobacco-free signage for parks and other municipal properties.