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Talk Back: Do You Agree with the Babylon Town Smoking Ban?

The Town of Babylon recently enacted a smoking ban in all Town parks, recreation areas, playgrounds, pools and beaches.

The Town of Babylon through last week to ban outdoor smoking at all Town parks, recreation areas, playgrounds, pools and beaches.

"This is an issue that constituents have asked us about in the past," Town spokesman Tim Ruggeri said. "There are obvious health and safety issues associated with the exposure to secondhand smoke, and the Town wants to ensure all residents can enjoy our beautiful parks and beaches without endangering their health."

Those who violate the ban - which also includes areas within 50 feet of Town buildings that are open to the public - could face a fine of up to $250.

Smokers will be allowed to light up at designated smoking sections that will be set up at Town facilities, Ruggeri said.

Other smoking bans have been enacted across the areda over the last few years. The Suffolk County Legislature at county parks and beaches last month, and lighting up was  on Long Island Rail Road platforms at the end of 2011.

We want to know what your thoughts are, Babylon. Did the Town do the right thing by outlawing smoking at its public recreation centers?

Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Gina Morrell July 26, 2012 at 01:00 AM
What else can be taking AWAY FROM US. This is crazy,People need to mind their own business.. I thought I lived in America..!!!!
Seadog24 September 06, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Your right they keep taking and taking. As adults we should have the right to make choices. As far as smoking is concerned (I am a former smoker) A ban in childrens playgrounds may be in order but as far as the outdoors in general, whats next breathing?
Jeanette S. October 17, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Just smacks as dictatorship----telling people what they can and can not do . . . .Outdoors in public space--which might I remind you, the ridiculous amount of taxes being levied on tobacco products, probably paid for the maintenance and supplies.

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