08 | 23 | 2011

“SECONDHAND SMOKELESS” AT MTA RAILROAD STATIONS

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will make all outdoor ticketing, boarding and platform areas of MTA-operated railroad stations smoke-free. The bill, S.3461-c / A.5516-c, was sponsored by Senator Charles Fuschillo and Assembly-member Ellen Jaffee and passed both houses of the Legislature in June.

"Governor Cuomo's action today will greatly improve public health and will ensure that commuters are better protected from the very real dangers of secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke can trigger asthma attacks and can even cut lives short. No one should have to endure being exposed to toxic secondhand smoke as part of their daily commute." said Irwin Berlin, Medical Doctor Board Chair of the American Lung Association in New York.

The New York State Department of Health estimates that secondhand smoke is responsible for the deaths of 2,500 New Yorkers each year. Those who breathe in secondhand tobacco smoke are exposed to 7,000 toxic chemicals and 69 known carcinogens.

Smoking is already prohibited on all platforms of the MTA's New York City subway system and now New York State joins New Jersey in eliminating smoking on all MTA-operated train platforms.

The law takes effect in less than 90 days.

More detailed information on the bill can be found here.