New Jersey Bans Smoking On All Beaches
The "New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act" will ban smoking on all NJ beaches.
A ban was already in place for NJ's state beaches and within state-owned parks under a bill signed by former Governor Chris Christie, and a few towns have been enforcing their own bans.
Now, as Governor Murphy signs the bill into law, people caught smoking on the beach will face a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.
Jeff Tittel, director of the NJ Sierra Club, said
Cigarettes are a major source of litter and pollution, while also being a threat to public safety. A complete ban will not only benefit public health but our environment. We are spending all this money rebuilding our beaches and now we should not turn them into ashtrays."
I am fully in support of this. While normally I believe that the government should stay out of our personal lives, I loathe smoking, and the more places I can go where I don't have to deal with the smell, the happier I am.
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