The town of Clifton, N.Y. has passed a ban that makes the parks and trails within the town 100 percent smoke free.

The move came during Monday’s meeting of the town board, with a unanimous vote among the five members. The ban was passed with the goal of preventing exposure from secondhand smoke, reduce toxic tobacco litter in parks and sending a positive message to young people that tobacco use doesn’t belong in the town’s family friendly environments designed for active play, according to an announcement on the town’s website.

“The Town Board decided a blanket smoking ban was a prudent step at this point in time, which establishes a comprehensive policy for all recreational areas in Town, said Town Supervisor Phillip Barrett. “We will work in partnership with the Living Tobacco-Free Initiative to increase public awareness through additional signage and other effective means of communicating our commitment to this policy.”

Clifton Park is located approximately 20 miles northwest of Alabny and is home to approximately 37,000 residents.

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