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Smoking Banned in All New York Child Care Facilities

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

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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