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On the Agenda: New Smoking Regulations in Hoboken's Public Parks

A new law could mean that cigarettes are outlawed in playgrounds and dog runs.

Hoboken's eight-member City Council will vote on a new law to curtail smoking in the city's playgrounds and dog runs.

The new law prohibits smoking at certain areas of Hoboken's public parks. The ban doesn't apply to places like Pier A Park, where there are no playgrounds or dogruns.

A first version of the ordinance outlawed smoking in all public parks, but it was amended, said Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino.

The law is now up for second reading. If approved, it will be a law in about 20 days.

This is not the first law that bans smoking. of a municipal building (including schools).

Kiri January 04, 2013 at 02:46 PM
If the noise control ordinance stops the church behind my house from blasting sermons and loud music over their amps for hours at a time, I'm all for it.
XJS January 04, 2013 at 03:57 PM
So is your asthma unaffected by the car exhaust & poor air quality in Hoboken? If not, then I find it hard to believe smoke has some effect on you. Regardless, I'm pretty sure that with all your maladies you'd have survived without modern medicine.
Journey January 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM
If I was in small sealed room with a running car, sure, everyone would be, it is a form of suicide. But the average day to day exposure, no. High ozone bugs me, I check the ozone levels before going for a run. Have you every wanted to tell the person on the elevator that they don't have to bathe in perfume? Don't you dislike that they make the elevator uncomfortable for everyone else? Why should everyone else be at the mercy of people who have no consideration for others? You can still smoke in the park, just not in the places where people might be able to move away from you because they are taking care of someone or doing something that can only be done in my part of the park. The Bloomberg ban on sodas is stupid and different, if you want to do something unhealthy that only affects you, go for it. But you are not the only person breathing the cancerous fumes.
albert ross January 09, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Well as long as dog owners follow the law and pick up after their dogs as well as keeping their dogs off the grass, I see no reason with this law.
albert ross January 09, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Well as long as dog owners follow the law and pick up after their dogs as well as keeping their dogs off the grass, I see no problem with this law.

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