Bill would limit smoking in NJ parks, beaches

By Associated Press 5:58pm, June 26, 2014 - Updated 5:59pm, June 26, 2014
Smoking sections could be coming to New Jersey's public parks and beaches.

Lawmakers are expected to move forward Thursday with a bill that would limit smoking in state, county and municipal parks and beaches.

The Assembly passed a bill in March calling for an outright ban. The Senate later approved the measure -- but only after adding an amendment that would allow towns to set aside up to 20 percent of a beach or park as a designated smoking area.

Lawmakers must now work out a compromise.

The bill is aimed at reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, litter and fire risks.

More than a third of New Jersey's municipalities already have laws restricting smoking in parks and recreation areas.

The governor has yet to weigh in on the bill.

Delaware's Rehoboth Beach passed a smoking ban last month.


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