The Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island is applauding the recent decision by the Brookhaven Town Board to amend its local laws that prohibit smoking in town parks to include beaches in the ban.
“This amendment not only protects the health of community members but also protects the environment and sets a healthy example for children,” PJ Tedeschi, Suffolk's coordinator of the coalition, said in a release.
Brookhaven joins more than 300 other municipalities in New York State that have barred smoking in outdoor public gathering spaces, according to the coalition.
Deputy Town Supervisior and Councilwoman Kathleen Walsh also supported the measure. The tobacco-free beaches owned and operated by the town include:
- Davis Park, Patchogue
- Sandspit Beach, Patchogue
- Corey Beach, Blue Point
- West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook
- Stony Brook Beach, Stony Brook