Smoking in Playgrounds, Dog Runs and Recreational Areas Now Illegal in Hoboken
A new partial smoking ban in the city of Hoboken was unanimously approved by the city council on Wednesday night.
It is now officially illegal to light up a cigarette in a playground, dog run or other recreational space in Hoboken's public parks.
The new measure was unanimously approved by the city council on Wednesday night, during the first meeting of the year.
Smoking is still allowed in the non-recreational areas of parks, such as benches, pathways or Pier A Park's waterfront.
Sixth Ward Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino sponsored the new law and got the support from all seven of her colleagues.
Originally, the new ordinance outlawed smoking in parks all together. That language was amended to reflect that smoking is not allowed on playgrounds and dog runs.
"People who use those areas can't just leave," said Giattino, because they will have small children or pets with them.