New York community members can now take a collective breath of fresh air, at least near their closest library.
As of June 19, it’s now illegal to smoke within 100 feet of all entrances, exits, and outside areas of any public or associated library.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation in December 2018, extending a previous state law that prohibited smoking near schools.
“The smoke-free air bill has enabled public libraries within the Southern Tier to bring localized policies into unison, said Brian Hildreth, executive director of the Southern Tier Library System. Many of our region’s libraries already had smoke-free policies in place prior to this legislation. It is nice to have state-wide support that ensures community members can enter their local libraries free from secondhand smoke. Libraries also appreciate the support from the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition, which brings awareness to human health.”
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of smoke-free public spaces, or know of an area in your community that would benefit from a policy, contact the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) at 607-737-2858.
STTAC can provide sample policies as well as free signage with the adoption of a policy.