Longport is taking steps towards introducing a smoking ban that would prohibit cigarettes and cigars on public parks, buildings, and beaches.

If approved, beachgoers don't have to worry about secondhand smoke but smokers have to find a place to smoke elsewhere, which could be inconvenient.

Shore News Today say the Board of Commissioners introduced the ordinance on February 22. The hope is that the ban would prevent children from being exposed to secondhand smoke, and being tempted to experiment with cigarettes.

Borough Solicitor Pacifico "Pat" Agnelli tells Shore News Today: “We cannot tell someone they cannot smoke because it’s bad for their health, but second-hand smoke is an issue for others.”

Those in support of the ban also mention that the ban would reduce the amount of cigarette butts, which can be poisonous if swallowed.

Legislation for smoking bans in public spaces are up to local jurisdiction. Currently 300 towns have placed a ban in public areas.

If this ordinance goes through, violators can face fines up to $1,000.

A public hearing for the ordinance will take place on March 22 at 4:30 pm.

How do you feel about smoking in public spaces? Should it be banned?

Read the full story on Shore News Today.


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