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Ti bans tobacco use at baseball field

TICONDEROGA Ticonderoga baseball players will breath a bit easier this spring. The town board adopted an ordinance April 19 prohibiting smoking and use of tobacco products at the little league baseball fields in Bicentennial Park. Earlier this year the board took similar action to make the municipal beach at Black Point tobacco free. Following that, Ticonderoga little league officials came to the town board and asked for their facilities to be declared smoke-free. The ordinance adopted April 19 bans the use of tobacco at the fields themselves, but allows people to use the product inside their vehicles. Ti officials have received calls and emails supporting the action at the beach. The Adirondack Tobacco Free Network came forward agreed to pay for signage at the beach notifying people they cant smoke. State law already prohibits smoking in confined public spaces, such as restaurants and office buildings. That law doesnt apply to outdoor facilities. Trustee Dorcey Crammond, chairwoman of the town parks commission, noted many people do not smoke, especially children who frequent the beach and the baseball fields. The Ticonderoga Youth Commission summer recreation program utilizes the beach, Crammond noted. We have up to 200 children a day at the beach, she said. I think itd be a good idea to ban smoking there.

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