Lawmakers seek to extend smoking ban outside of New Jersey

New Jersey already bans smoking in parks and beaches, but it may soon expand that ban to a slew of other public spaces.

Congresswoman Carol Murphy (D-Burlington) this week reintroduced a measure that would extend the smoking ban imposed by the New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act to other outdoor public places, including boardwalks, running tracks, parks of attractions, historic sites and burial sites.

Smoking would also be prohibited on other state-owned or leased land, but permitted in adjacent parking lots if they are not part of the same premises.

In 2018, lawmakers and the governor approved changes to the 2006 law that placed severe limits on indoor smoking, extending its protections to public beaches and parks in an effort to preserve the coastal tourist economy of the region. State.

The law allowed a municipality to designate up to 15% of its beach as a smoking area.

Murphy’s bill and a fellow Senate sponsored by Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Mercer) were first introduced just two months after the beach smoking ban was enacted, though they weren’t progress during the 2018-2019 or 2020-2021 legislative sessions.

There is at least some bipartisan support for an extended ban. Assemblyman Kevin Rooney (R-Bergen) joined Murphy’s Bill as the second main sponsor in previous sessions.

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