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Palisades Center to Limit Cigarette Sales

New smoking ban will prevent future stores from selling smokes

 

The Palisades Center is , a ruling that will prevent shoppers and mall employees from lighting up outside the mall's many entrances or in the sprawling parking lots.

Retail workers plying long shifts will have to overcome their nicotine urges, although Palisades officials said the mall will provide employees with counseling and information to help kick the habit.

Taking a smoke break in one's car remains an option, though.

"We're not going to go in people's cars," said LeeAnn Dell'Accio, the mall's director of marketing.

Dell'Accio noted the Pyramid Group, which manages the mall, will begin placing signage around the property before the no-smoking ruling goes into effect on May 31. Mall security and management will be tasked with enforcing the policy, but—at least in the beginning—tickets will not be issued.

"At this point there are no punitive damages set in place—we’re going to educate people," Dell'Accio said.

Currently, two locations in the mall sell cigarettes. Going forward, Dell'Accio said new stores will not be allowed to sell tobacco-related products.

A number of local and regional anti-smoking groups worked alongside the Pyramid Group to reach the no-smoking decision.

"This policy means shoppers and their kids won’t have to walk a gauntlet of harmful secondhand smoke just to enter a mall," said Alvaro Carrascal, Senior Vice President of Cancer Control, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ. "Secondhand smoke is a known carcinogen with no safe level of exposure. Mall employees who smoke also will benefit from on-site resources that will help them quit."

Mall employees, however, are less adamant. Mel A., a mall worker who did not want to release his full last name, spent a few minutes Tuesday afternoon leaning against a concrete wall outside and dragging on a cigarette before returning to his shift.

"I'm here everyday," he said. "If they designate a spot for smoking, that's fine. But to ban smoking entirely—that's another thing."

Richard Kavesh March 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Since we all agree that the Thruway is a much greater threat to public health than the second-hand smoke at the Mall, I am counting on opponents of the smoking ban to lead the drive (bad pun) for a federal mandate to increase the efficiency and mileage of our cars and trucks. That is, if they believe that bad air is related to disease and that global warming is related to human activities.
Lisa Donadio March 23, 2012 at 09:12 PM
This mall is full of gangs and crime and now the security force will be making time to yell at smokers instead of chasing shoplifters and maybe preventing a carjacking? Priorities!
Jilly Bear March 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Can this county get any dumber? Does anyone seriously believe in global warming? The food in the mall is far worse for you than smoking a cigarette.
Georgia Vasilakopoulos March 25, 2012 at 06:04 PM
well said, priorities in this county are unreal
SEAN HOGAN March 27, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I DON'T FEEL SMOKING SHOULD BE BANNED... IT SHOULD BE UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL... YEARS AGO YOU COULD GO TO A RESTAURANT AND YOU HAD A CHOICE OF SMOKING OR NON SMOKING DINNING...TODAY YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE AT ALL...NOW THEY WANT TO TRY AND STOP SMOKING OUTSIDE MALLS...I ALSO FEEL THAT SHOULD NOT BE BANNED EITHER... THE AIR IS FULL OF OTHER POLLUTANTS FROM THE FACTORIES, THE TRUCKS AND CARS, ECT... ONE LITTLE CIGARETTE SHOULD NOT BE THE BLAME... I HAVE NEVER EVEN TRIED A CIGARETTE AND I HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT SMOKE , SHOULD THEY DO IT? I WISH THEY WOULDN'T FOR THERE OWN HEALTH BUT AS THEY ARE ADULTS THEY ARE THE ONES THAT MUST MAKE THAT CHOICE , I DON'T FEEL THEY SHOULD BE TOLD BY "SOME GROUP" OR EVEN THE GOVERNMENT THAT THEY CAN'T...NOW A DAYS EVERYONE MAKES AN ISSUE OVER EVERY LITTLE THING... WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO "FREEDOM OF CHOICE"... SEAN HOGAN

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