North Country Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of Clean Air Act

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It has been 10 years since the historic New York Clean Indoor Air Act became law.

It bans smoking in restaurants, workplaces and other public places to help protect individuals from the effects of second-hand smoke.
 
In St. Lawrence County, the Tobacco Free Community Partnership and Pizza Hut restaurants in Potsdam, Canton and Massena are marking the anniversary.

Servers and delivery drivers are wearing specially themed t-shirts throughout the week while large banners have been set up on the restaurant lawns.

Officials say the smoke-free legislation has protected workers, but efforts need to now focus on protecting kids by reducing exposure to in-store tobacco marketing.

"We're hopeful that local municipalities will start to take some action," said Benjamin Todd, tobacco program coordinator.
 
A statewide study found that compliance with the law by restaurants and bars is nearly universal.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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