Smokers' Group Challenges Ban in Parks, Beaches

New York CLASH says the rule set by the state parks office is illegal

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    A  smokers' rights groups is challenging New York's smoking ban in state parks, pools areas and beaches that begins this year.

    Smoking in banned areas could result in a violation of disorderly conduct.

    New York CLASH says the rule set by the state parks office is illegal. Several bills pending in the Legislature over several years have failed to become law, dying in committee.

    The measure also bans smoking in state parks in New York City, where smoking is already banned in city-owned parks.

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    CLASH founder Audrey Silk says CLASH is making a final request to overturn the ban that she says conflicts with the will of the Legislature. She also threatens a lawsuit.

    The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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