Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey have renewed efforts to ban smoking on public land throughout the state. While several states already have executive orders in place banning smoking on certain public properties, the New Jersey proposal, S-1734, could be the most far-reaching of its kind nationwide, extending the ban to all state, county and municipal properties, with the exception of parking lots and public golf courses.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester) held a press conference in Belmar, New Jersey to express his support for the smoking ban. He stated, “We are here to announce the next step in trying to improve public health for the millions of people who come to our beaches every year.” Sweeney was joined by Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty, Cindy Zipf of Clean Ocean Action, John Weber of the SurfRider Foundation, Tim Dillingham of the Littoral Society, and Porzio Governmental Affairs Executive Vice President Lynn Nowak on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
S-1734 cleared the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee in May 2016, and is scheduled for a vote in the New Jersey Legislature.