Smoking Banned on LIRR, Metro-North Train Platforms

Monday, Aug 15, 2011  |  Updated 1:26 PM EDT
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Smoking Banned on Train Platforms

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By mid-November, commuters on Metro-North and Long Island Railroad won't be able to smoke on train platforms or ticketing areas, under a law signed Monday.

The new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo prohibits smoking in outdoor spaces for ticketing, boarding or platforms of train stations operated by the MTA or its subsidiaries.

It will take effect in 90 days, or Nov. 13.

New York City and New Jersey stations already have similar restrictions.

Cuomo said in a statement that it is important that commuters "are not unwillingly subjected to secondhand smoke while waiting on train platforms."

"Exposure to secondhand smoke can lead to serious health problems for non-smokers and this law will make outdoor MTA train platforms, ticketing and boarding areas a cleaner, healthier place for all commuters," he said.

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