Restaurant owners who post nonsmoking signs and ask patrons to extinguish tobacco products — but take no further action to make customers stop smoking — have complied with Suffolk County, New York’s, antismoking law, according to Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Ralph Costello.

In Cliff’s Rendezvous v. Clare B. Bradley, 13358-99, Justice Costello determined that because Suffolk County Code Chapter 437 �437-3F does not specifically notify restaurants that they may be in violation of the statute for failure to “get someone to stop smoking,” owners are not required to take further action.

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