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New Smoking Ban Improves Air at Harrison Platform

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Mauricio Naranjo rides the Metro-North Railroad daily out of the Harrison station downtown and said there was nothing wrong with cleaner air during his commute.

"I'm very happy to hear about the new law," non-smoker Naranjo said.

A new law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo today banned smoking on train platforms operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority , which includes the Metro North Railroad and the Long Island Railroad.

The law will take effect in 90 days.

"It should be even stricter," Naranjo said. "Let's expand it to everywhere around the station."

The law bans smoking at all outdoor ticketing and boarding areas, which includes platforms as well. It will be enforced by the MTA and commuters caught lighting up will be subject to a $100 fine.

"It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms," Cuomo said. "Exposure to second-hand 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."

Smoking is already banned on all subway platforms in New York City and the new law extends protections to LIRR and Metro-North stations.

The bill was written by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) and was sponsored and passed in the Senate by Senator Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick).

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