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Smoking banned at Pinchot Park beach
A section of Gifford Pinchot State Park will become a smoke- and vape-free zone starting next week.
Signs will be installed on the eastern side of the public beach and swimming area designating it a Clean Air Beach, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The ban on the use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and e-cigarettes will be in effect starting Saturday. Smoking will still be permitted in other areas of the park.
The Clean Air Beach program started out as a pilot program in 2013 and was tested at a beach in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County.
Since then, the program has become permanent and has expanded to 20 state parks.