New Jersey bans smoking on beaches, public parks

LONG BRANCH, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill on the boardwalk in Long Branch Friday that will ban smoking on most of New Jersey’s beaches, boardwalks and public parks.

About 15 percent of public spaces can be reserved by a municipality for smokers and parking lots are also exempt. But if you are caught lighting up in the majority non-smoking areas, you could face some stiff fines starting in January 2019.

The law stipulates a $250 fine for a first offense, $500 for the second and...

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