Smoking Banned in All New York Child Care Facilities

August 22, 2018 AT 8:20 AM

By Bethany Bump

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Monday prohibiting individuals from smoking in facilities that provide child care.

The ban applies to both state-run facilities and private facilities licensed or registered to provide child care services, and applies at all times — even when children are not present — in an effort to cut down on second- and third-hand smoke, which includes the nicotine and chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke.

"The dangers of second-hand smoke are indisputable and we must do everything in our power to protect children from this public health hazard and the life-long misery that comes with it," Cuomo said. "This measure will bring us one step closer to a strong healthier New York for all."

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