POLL: Should NJ Outlaw Smoking at Beaches and Parks?

If the legislation becomes law, smokers could face hefty fines for smoking in public.

Garden State residents could face a $1,000 fine for smoking at any beach or public park in New Jersey if a state assembly bill becomes law.

A bill passed unanimously in committee on Thursday would amend the nearly decade-old New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act to include beaches and parks to a list of places where smokers are banned from lighting up.

The bill currently exempts places like private residences and cars, cigar bars, off-track betting facilities and parks and beaches from smoking restrictions.

The proposed legislation claims that “the prohibition of smoking at public parks and beaches would better preserve the natural assets of this State by reducing litter and increasing fire safety in those areas, while lessening exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke among the public.”

Some municipalities have taken to passing laws that take the Smoke-Free Air Act a step further.

Wyckoff in Bergen County and Madison in Morris County recently passed ordinances that curb smoking in public parks.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblywomen Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) and Angelica M. Jimenez (D-Bergen, Hudson), passed in the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee Thursday with several witness speaking in support and none speaking against, according to nj.com.

A case on the constitutionality of a smoking ban at public parks in Clayton, Mo., made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, but judges there declined to hear the case.

Do you support the proposed bill that would bar smokers in New Jersey from lighting up at public parks and beaches? Tell us in the comments below.

Alex C February 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM
I think people in this country are just too bored. We've become a nation of nosey busybodies.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM
It is mostly about the progressive liberal commie narcissistic movement in NJ. If "I" want to be a vegetarian, then everyone has to be a vegetarian and we need to make laws outlawing the selling of meat and confiscate the rancher's land and give it to our vegetarian vegetable growing friends. You all make me sick, you and your can't do that attitudes.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 26, 2014 at 12:44 PM
shut up hookerman you progressive know it all fggt
Mrgrumpass March 05, 2014 at 02:40 PM
People with children attend parks and in the case of our beaches pay for beach passes, if you’re not allowed to smoke in a public building then you can't smoke on the beach! I do have a major question, if you are not allowed to smoke in any public build municipal and federal in OBAMA smoking in my Whitehouse? And if so he needs to be fined and or tossed out! PS: i haven't smoked in 30+ years 4 packs a day, if i could stop anyone can!
Chuck Ruff March 05, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Hillary Clinton established a no smoking policy in the White House when she was First Lady, and one of the questions Obama was asked when he was first elected, was whether he would change this policy (given that he was an occasional smoker). He made it clear that he would not. Of course, the White House serves two functions, as a public workplace and as a private residentce. What goes on in the private living quartes on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the residence building is entirely up to the tennants, but I have a feeling that if Obama snuck any cigs in the White House, it would be on the rooftop terrace of the residence.


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