Smoking ban to be instituted in municipal parks

May 22, 2013 by  

The Township Council of Mount Holly, which is located near Hainesport, recently announced that it plans to prohibit smoking in playgrounds and parks that are owned by the municipality.

The Council hopes that, by prohibiting smoking in its parks, such recreational areas will be cleaner and that the residents and visitors will benefit from better health, safety, and welfare. No doubt the township is hiring printing companies to print flyers to let those who visit these parks know of the new proposed ordinance.

The parks likely to covered by the ban are the Iron Works Park, Monroe Street Park, Mill Dam Park, the Ricmer Street tot lot, Chestnut Street Park, the gazebo in the downtown area, and all other athletic fields, playgrounds, and sideline and seating areas for spectators that are owned by the township. Seven other parks will be included in the ban as well, as the county amphitheater in Westampton, the Rancocas Nature Center, the Mount Holly Prison Museum grounds, and the Moorestown Agricultural Center.

Using or carrying lighted cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and other combustible tobacco products would be considered as smoking. Those who are found smoking will be subject to fines at the municipal court’s discretion.

This proposed ordinance by the township is part of a movement to create smoke-free environments in Burlington County. Parks owned by the county will become tobacco- and smoke-free on May 31, which is World ‘No Tobacco’ Day. The organization Tobacco-Free for a Healthy New Jersey has claimed that there are smoking bans in recreation and park areas in about 180 municipalities across the state.