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Senator Dawn Addiego Senator Dawn Addiego (R-8)
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July 2, 2013
Sen. Addiego, Asm. Brown Introduce Bills to Clear the Air at State Parks & Beaches

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Legislation Would Protect Health of Visitors and Preserve Beauty of Parks

Senator Dawn Marie Addiego and Assemblyman Chris Brown have introduced a pair of bills banning smoking at outdoor public gathering places, including State parks, beaches and wildlife management areas, and at recreation and conservation areas acquired or developed using State funds.

“As a mother, I am troubled by anything that threatens the health of our children,” said Senator Addiego. “Parents should be able to drop down a beach blanket without worrying about being down-wind from smokers and exposing their family to second-hand smoke.”

The bills follow the recent announcements that Burlington County has banned smoking at seven county parks and three other county-run outdoor locations, and that Mount Holly is considering an ordinance to make five parks smoke-free.

“The data is definitive. Smoke is detrimental to health, and even indirect exposure to cigarette smoke is harmful. It is especially dangerous for young lungs,” said Assemblyman Brown.

Evesham, Mansfield and five other county municipalities have already enacted ordinances.

“From Island Beach State Park to wonderful local recreational areas, New Jersey is home to some gorgeous natural areas. Visitors to these sites shouldn’t need to be concerned about air quality,” Senator Addiego said.

The first bill, S-2872/A-4319, prohibits smoking at State parks and forests, State-owned beaches, and State wildlife management areas.

S-2873/A-4318 prohibits smoking or carrying lighted tobacco at any property acquired or developed with the help of State funds for recreation and conservation purpose.

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