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Poll: Will Suffolk's smoking ban make a difference?

A file photo of an ashtray full of

A file photo of an ashtray full of cigarette butts. Credit: AP, 2007

Smoking in Suffolk's parks and beaches will soon be banned under a bill passed this week by the county legislature.

But the ban contains no fines for violators and exempts parking lots, campgrounds and golf courses.

Lawmakers voted 10-7 Tuesday to approve the resolution by Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), a physician who also fought to restore tobacco education funding that was to be cut from Suffolk's budget.

Will Suffolk’s smoking ban at beaches and parks be effective without any fines for violators?

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