We've seen a lot of towns up and down the Jersey Shore take it upon themselves to ban smoking on their beach. Last summer, Governor Murphy signed the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act that will ban smoking from all of the beaches in the state, and that law goes into effect this month.

Matt King/Getty Images

Smokers who get caught are subject to a $250 fine for their first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.

Parks are also included in this ban, and NJ Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said

We can now breathe easier because the new ban on smoking in beaches and parks will go into effect.

I've said it before, but it bears repeating: as much as I don't think the government should tell me what to do with my private life, I'm so happy that I don't have to deal with a-hole smokers stinking up the beach and boardwalk and leaving butts everywhere.

More from 105.7 the Hawk:

Sign Up For The Hawk Newsletter

Sign up for the 105.7 The Hawk Newsletter and get more stories like these straight to your inbox!