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No Smoking on the Beach: New Jersey Moves Closer to Ban

New Jersey Legislature approves bill banning smoking at beaches, parks

New Jersey is moving closer to banning most smoking at public beaches and parks.

The Legislature approved a bill on Thursday. It now heads to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy for consideration.

Like previous versions of the bill that have failed, the measure doesn't specify who would be responsible for enforcing it: lifeguards, police or someone else.

The bill allows for designated smoking areas. Smokers also would be allowed to light up in parking lots.

Fines would start at $250 for a first offense and go up to $1,000 for a third offense.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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