Posted by: audreybenenati | February 9, 2010

Village OKs smoking ban for parks, playgrounds

Mark Robarge

Recorder News Staff

FONDA – The village became the first municipality in the county to agree

to ban smoking in public parks and playgrounds on Monday night.

Village trustees unanimously agreed to a request by Project ACTION, a

tobacco-free coalition that serves Fulton, Hamilton and Montgomery

counties and is based at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, to ban all

tobacco use in Fireman’s Park and in the area immediately surrounding

the village office building on Main Street.

Sue Armino, program coordinator for Project ACTION, told trustees that

about 70 other municipalities around New York state have already agreed

to the ban, which also has local support from the Fonda Reformed Church

and the Amsterdam Family YMCA.

She said the ban falls in line with one of the group’s prime causes, to

protect non-smokers from the effects of second-hand smoke and even from

what she referred to as third-hand smoke – smoke carried on clothing or

other items into non-smoking environments.

"There is no constitutional or fundamental right to smoke," Arminio

said. "The village of Fonda can ban smoking in its public parks and


Arminio said such a ban has widespread local support, as well. Though

she did not cite the source of her data, Arminio said 84 percent of

residents favor a ban on smoking in public parks and playgrounds, while

76 percent favor smoke-free areas around buildings.

Arminio said Project ACTION will provide the village with signs to post

in the park and outside its offices.

"I think it’s a pretty simple way to protect everybody," said Trustee

Robert Galusha.


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