[POLL] Major Mall Developer, Owner Makes Its Sites Smoke-Free

"No Smoking" will be the policy inside, and out at mega malls such as Palisades Center in West Nyack.

One of the nation's major developers and owners of mega-size malls is set to make its sites in New York and Massachusetts totally smoke-free on May 31.

Nearby, shoppers and retail workers walking to and from their cars in the parking lot in West Nyack in Rockland County will no longer be able to smoke.

The Pyramid Management Group, LLC — which owns the Palisades Center, along with several other malls throughout New York and Massachusettes — announced today that all of its properties will be smoke-free.

"We strongly believe this new policy will not only support our employees and guests who are sensitive to secondhand smoke or are trying to quit smoking, but it also will provide a more enjoyable and healthier shopping experience to the millions of visitors who come through our doors each year," said James L. Soos, director of asset management with the Pyramid Management Group.

Officials said the coming 100-percent tobacco-free policy includes cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, electric cigarettes and pipes. All areas on the property will be affected, including sidewalks, parking lots and construction areas.

"It applies to all mall associates, tenant employees, vendors, delivery people, contractors, subcontractors and guests," officials added.

The Palisades Center has been working alongside anti-smoking groups like POW'R Against Tobacco to implement the new ruling.

"POW’R Against Tobacco is proud to partner with the Palisades Center for its decision to make their property tobacco free," said Maureen Kenney, the White Plains-based group's director. "The Surgeon General has stated that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. It's refreshing to see a mall heed this warning and do their part to protect the health of their patrons."

Pyramid officials noted no-smoking signage will be posted around the property, and mall employees will have opportunities to receive counseling to quit smoking.

Palisades Center is located at Exit 12 of the New York State Thruway in West Nyack. It is also accessible from Westchester via the Tappan Zee Express bus service from the White Plains and Tarrytown train stations.

Phil Konigsberg March 21, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Fantastic news! Not only is the Palisades Mall going smokefree but so is the Crossgates Mall in Albany. Hopefully, this will set the trend for all other mall operators such as Simon to follow. It is sad that it has taken this long for society to realize how destructive tobacco smoke is to the both humans and pets, but we've turned the corner and started to de-normalize smoking. Those who are addicted to nicotine should seek help to quit as soon as they can for the benefit of their family and friends. In addition, the places were they can inflict their destructive behavior is increasingly becoming smaller in scope each day.
allangriffin March 21, 2012 at 07:03 PM
It's amazing how large of a movement theres been in the anti-smoking campaign in recent years! So many public places are now prohibiting smoking, and the tobacco business definitely needs to start thinking of some new strategies so they can maintain some sort of profitability. At least companies like Philip Morris have moved into other realms of addictive products (read about it here I think: http://www.stocktrading.net/ ) but who knows if that will help them! Great news for the nation's health!
eastchester00 April 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM
I can understand their reasons for the ban but electronic cigarettes? Really?


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