EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP The Township Committee approved an ordinance, Wednesday night, banning smoking at local parks.
The ordinance was recommended by the township’s Recreation Committee.
The ordinance bans cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic smoking devices and tobacco at parks. Around the region, several municipalities have adopted similar ordinances, including Atlantic City, Hamilton Township, Pleasantville, Ocean City and Somers Point. Cape May County has banned smoking only at its zoo.
Municipalities are in charge of creating ordinances banning smoking at parks, after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking in the state's parks and beaches in September 2014. Under the vetoed measure, smoking would have been banned at parks and limited at beaches under the bill approved by the state Senate and Assembly. The bill garnered overwhelming support in both chambers. It aimed to reduce secondhand smoke exposure, cut down on litter and curtail fire risks.
Under the ordinance, violators are subject to a fines ranging from $100 to $2,000. The person could also be sentenced to a 90-day prison sentence and community service.