New Jersey Bans Smoking on Beaches and in Parks

Beachgoers in New Jersey who want to inhale only fresh, clean air may get their wish. Smoking and vaping will be banned on nearly every public beach in the state this summer.

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  Smoke 'em if you've got 'em - but not on the beach in New Jersey this summer.  A state Senate panel unanimously (5–0) passed a bill that prohibits smoking and vaping at all beaches along the Jersey shore.

   At least 20 Jersey shore towns had already enacted their own smoking bans before the statewide law took effect. Nationwide, more than 300 coastal communities have banned smoking on their beaches. But bans as broad as New Jersey's are rare.

   If you are caught lighting up a cigarette or vaping in a park or a forest, on the boardwalk or the beach, prepare to pay a big fine

   The proposed fees for violators are $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second, and $1,000 for subsequent citations.

   Puerto Rico bans smoking on its beaches, and the state of Maine bans it at beaches in state parks. California has tried several times to pass a smoking ban at state beaches, but a measure has yet to be signed into law, according to Bronson Frick, associate director of the American Nonsmokers Rights Foundations.

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