Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is now Smoke Free

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

July 3, 2012 Updated Jul 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Starting Independence Day, all 120 acres of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) will be smoke free. While many of the institutions already had smoke free policies in place already, others did not.

"It's important that we create a healthy environment for our patients, visitors and employees," said BNMC Director of the Healthy Communities Initiative Michael Ball. "The policy is campus wide. This is also part of a bigger initiative to improve the environment on the medical campus."

Smokers will also be discouraged to light up at Erie County parks and beaches.

"Its not like this is a law where people will be ticketed. We're just letting folks know that smoking is not good for you and second hand smoke is certainly bad for others," said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. "So we're trying to keep up the awareness and try to lower the amount of smokers."

All entities have teamed up with the Erie Niagara Tobacco Coalition to help promote healthy living through education.

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