A New York appeals court reinstated the ban Wednesday on smoking in New York state parks, including beaches, pools and campgrounds.

The New Year’s Eve ruling comes as a blow to Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, or CLASH, which sued the New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation over no-smoking rules that were adopted last year.

Among the more than 200 state parks, recreational facilities and historic sites where the new rules banned smoking were a handful of places in New York City.

The agency said that the state Legislature had given a “broad grant of authority to State Parks to manage and operate its facilities to protect public health, safety and welfare,” according to the plan for the rules published in the State Register.

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