Smoking and the use of e-cigarettes will soon be coming to an end in the parks of Albany County, N.Y., as on Monday the county legislature passed a ban that will go into effect in just over a month.
Violators will be subject to a $50 fine for a first time violation, with subsequent violations subject to fines between $200 and $500. The ban applies to all county-owned parks and recreation areas.
The city of Albany passed a similar ban on smoking for its parks in Aug. 2014.
This is the second notable piece of anti-tobacco legislation passed by the county in the past year; in June 2016, the legislature approved an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.
Albany County has approximately 309,000 residents.