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LIRR Platform Smoking Ban Starts on Sunday

A ban on smoking on Long Island Rail Road station platforms, ticketing and boarding areas goes into effect Sunday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will allow a grace period to smokers who break the new rule, letting them off with just a warning before MTA Police officers begin fining violators at a to-be-determined date.

“The new law provides positive impacts for health and safety as well as reducing the potential for track fires,” said LIRR President Helena Williams.

The LIRR and Metro North Railrod, which is included in the ban, have enlisted celebrities for  public service announcements to alert riders of the change.

They include New York Jets Super Bowl legend Joe Namath, actress Lori Singer and Countess LuAnn de Lesseps of The Real Housewives of New York City.

Gov. Cuomo signed the ban into law in August.

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