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."