New Law Bans Smoking Within 20 Feet of City Buildings

The Hoboken City Council passed the law on Wednesday night.

Smoking within 20 feet of the entrance of a city-owned building will no longer be allowed in the City of Hoboken. 

The ordinance was passed on Wednesday night in a 6-2 vote. First Ward Councilwoman Theresa Castellano and Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti voted no. Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason was absent on Wednesday. 

"I support this one 100 percent," said Third Ward Councilman Michael Russo. He added that this law will apply to all city buildings. "This isn't just about City Hall, it's about all buildings." 

The measure will apply to everyone, not just employees of the buildings. 

Castellano said she preferred to put a sign up rather than passing a law. "I just don't feel that legislating is a good thing," she said. 

Occhipinti also said that he didn't think a new law is necessary. He added that employees who smoke outside the doorway of the building, "maybe they should be asked politely" to step away. 

"It's not just employees, councilman," Russo told Occhipinti. "It's everyone." 

Audrey Silk September 11, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Journey, do you suffer asthma attacks walking the vehicle exhaust laden streets? If the answer is no then it's sheer hyperbole to say you do when in the vicinity of cigarette smoke. There is no difference between the two except the amount of cigarette smoke can't compare to the amount of vehicle exhaust.
Journey September 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Car exhaust, cigarettes, ragweed, etc are all very different. There are lots of stuff in the air we can't see. I have allergy induced asthma. Cigarette smoke is indeed a problem. A utter I saw as a kid, "You can smoke in my air if I can piss in your drink."
Audrey Silk September 13, 2012 at 06:26 AM
First of all, there are NO allergens in cigarette smoke. Second of all, one of the most rabid anti-smoker researchers in the world (for instance, he thinks smokers should have to get a license to smoke so you know he's very anti-smoking), Dr. Simon Chapman of Australia, roundly debunks your mistaken belief that auto exhaust, etc. is "different." This is what he has said: "To me, 'going too far' in [secondhand smoke] policy means efforts premised on reducing harm to others, which ban smoking in outdoor settings such as ships’ decks, parks, golf courses, beaches, outdoor parking lots, hospital gardens, and streets. "[W]hile tobacco smoke has its own range of recognisable smells, there are few differences between the physics and chemistry of tobacco smoke and smoke generated by the incomplete combustion of any biomass, whether it be eucalyptus leaves, campfire logs, gasoline, or meat on a barbeque. Secondhand smoke is not so uniquely noxious that it justifies extraordinary controls of such stringency that zero tolerance outdoors is the only acceptable policy." -- Going Too Far? Exploring the Limits of Smoking Regulation, William Mitchell Law Review, October 23, 2007 Sounds like your "asthma attacks" are psychosomatic due to your bias against smoking. It's sad that you are the cause of your own misery and unforgivable that you use it to deprive others of their liberty.
Journey September 13, 2012 at 05:24 PM
We could go back and fourth with research that tears each others research apart. For the last 30 years I have lived with allergies and asthma, I know what affects me enough to avoid needing a resue inhaler. Cigarettes give me a headache and tightens my bronchial passage ways, I leave. Lysol tighten my bronchial passageways even more. I leave, I can't tolerate those bathroom air freshened sprays. Ragweed is the worst for me, so intake two different antihestamines. I limit my activities outside when there is a high ozone warning. I just rode my bike from Hoboken to Jersey City to Weehawken and back to Hoboken. The only time I had trouble was when I was eating lunch at an outside cafe and a smoker cme by. All the research in the world means less to me than 30 years of real, practical experience.
Journey September 13, 2012 at 05:28 PM
And campfire don't bother me at all, though no one likes smoke in their eyes.


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