New York’s highest court of appeals has upheld smoking restrictions in the state's parks, and a complete ban at seven parks in New York City, CBS2 reported.
The court rejected the arguments from a voters' rights group that park officials were pushing the limits of their authority with smoking restrictions.
“Judge Eugene Fahey writes that lawmakers gave responsibility to the parks department authority to provide for public health and welfare within the park system,” ABC News reported.
“The parks office oversees 179 parks and 35 historic and other sites. It says smoking restrictions apply to less than 5 percent of 330,000 acres.”
The suit has been through three phases: The first saw a judge rule the regulations as invalid, and the second saw a midlevel judge rule in the parks’ favor.