New Jersey to Consider Banning Smoking on All Beaches [POLL]
If some of the North Jersey beaches have smoking bans, why doesn’t everybody else have one?
That’s a question that I keep hearing often.
I also hear, why does the Government have to always insist on taking away our freedoms? If I choose to smoke, that’s my right. If you’re breathing second-hand smoke, then walk away.
I can understand both points of view, but let me also add that I can’t stand walking over cigarette butts on my beach. (I live on the Atlantic City boardwalk). Some people have abused their privileges by littering, and now all smokers will most likely suffer the consequences.
Legislation is now pushing a bill that is designed to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke at beaches and parks, cut down on litter and improve fire safety in those public areas. Smoking would still be allowed in parking lots near beaches and parks. (NBC 10)
Violators would get fined $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for subsequent ones.
So, if you REALLY have to smoke, you can walk to a parking lot. In the name of enhancing our beaches, and our lungs, I’m OK with this bill.
Never mind what I think, what are your thoughts?