Put Out That Cigarette On County-Owned Property

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On June 10, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed ordinance number 704-2010 amending the non smoking policy to include all county owned recreational areas and facilities. The policy that was amended was put in place in 1993 and only covered county buildings and structures.

This new policy prohibits smoking at boating facilities, ice skating facilities, playgrounds, running tracks, all snack bars, swimming pools, ball fields, tennis courts.

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Members of the public who violate this policy would first be ordered to comply.  Continued violation of the policy would result in a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1000 for each subsequent offense.

Union County has worked throughout the years with the Union Community Partnership for a Tobacco Free NJ in its effort to provide clean air to the county residents, the UCP has recruited ambassadors, partnered with NJ Hospitals, health and social services agencies and educational institution, reached out to legislators, policy makers, landlords and small businesses to increase consumer access to cessation services and tobacco education.

In Union County the community partnership program is housed within PROCEED Inc. Union County has shown over the last year an unprecedented number of calls to NJ Quitline for smoking cessation assistance. This program is made possible through funding from CPTFNJ, DHSS/CTCP.

Ingrid Rodriguez
Program Coordinator
PROCEED Inc.


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