New Bill Would Expand Outdoor Smoking Ban In New Jersey

A new bill introduced in the New Jersey Assembly would, if approved, add a number of areas where smoking would be prohibited.

The bill, which was introduced by Assemblywoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington), would revise the New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act to include public areas such as race tracks, sporting events, amusement parks, recreational areas, marinas, historic sites, cemeteries, natural areas, and boardwalks, among others.

Parking lots adjacent to these areas, but not on the property, would not be included in the ban.

Violators would be subject to a minimum $250 fine after a warning, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.

The bill, which was co-sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R-Bergen), will be heard by the Assembly Health Committee.

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