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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.

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.

XJS January 03, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Yay welcome to the nanny state. The minority has dimTim and the majority has JenFeelgood measures. Yay. I cannot wait until it's all reform running and I can choose between do-gooders.
Outofcontrol January 03, 2013 at 10:39 PM
Considering the way these idiots are addicted to wasting our tax dollars, perhaps they can ban spending at Council meetings. We would all benefit from not having to live with the affects of second hand waste.
Audrey Silk January 04, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I begin by saying I'm not in favor of any smoking ban but for the sake of THIS argument I ask.... So you've convinced parents not to smoke in their own homes if they have children, telling them to smoke outdoors, but now you eliminate some of the outdoors for them too and make their choice to either keep their kids home where they can smoke where no busybodies can see them or choose to leave their kids alone on the playground while they step away for a smoke? And don't anyone dare say the parent "should just quit then" because then you'd be proving that this has nothing to do with allegedly "protecting nonsmokers" from being around cigarette smoke but as a tool to force informed adults to bend to the will of others (slave to master).
Eric January 04, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Man up and control your addiction. No one wants to smell that garbage. Smoke when you get home.
Eric January 04, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Also no one wants to see your cigarette butts everywhere. You people NEVER pick them up. If you don't care that it causes health problems in your kid or my right to not have to breathe it, then why should anyone care about your right to smoke?
johnozed January 04, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I think it's a good thing that Hoboken is not between the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and their exhaust vents. It is far far easier to go after cigarette or cigar smokers than it is to go after 2 giant vents spewing forth carbon monoxide. And you know with more and more people driving each and everyday the problem will?only get better but at least the dogs will not complain of smoke
albert ross January 04, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Eric, relax, have a cigarette.
XJS January 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM
I wonder if the exhaust bothers people's smoke induced asthma?
Journey January 04, 2013 at 05:19 PM
It bothers some, but not all. Asthma is just one breathing problem and asthma is triggered, the three most common classifications of triggers are; allergens, irritants, and exertion. Mold, ragweed, and grass (when freshly cut) are my triggers. I deal with this by taking multiple antihistamines. Ozone, cigarettes, and a chemical in lysol are the irritants that bother me. Exhaust does not. Wood smoke does not. Perfumes does not. But those can bother other people, just not me. I limit my exposure. If the ozone is high I don't exercise outside, and limit what I do to necessities. I learned how to control the exertion trigger by taking martial arts and exercising with a heart rate monitor. As a child no explained to me how my asthma was triggered, and the only way I could control it was with inhalers. As an adult, I've learned how my triggers affect me and how to realize the early warning signs so that I don't have an attack and I don't need an inhaler. Cigarettes are a risk to people's health, why should people who do not wish to be exposed lose the right not to be exposed?
Ojo Rojo January 04, 2013 at 06:43 PM
So basically this stupid idea of banning smoking outside is being done to cater to people who either are allergic to everything including just about every single thing they come in contact with outside including life itself and to the hypochondriacs who think they have asthma but really just need to move 5 feet to the left and stop overreacting.
Tess January 05, 2013 at 12:55 AM
i agree with chemicals being an irritant.....i see the building cleaners use toxic lemon lysol and its really bad for the tenants. But this out door smoke ban, who's rights are more important than another? I have been saying this for years, you want to talk about health, part of .this area is called cancer ally, we have greenish water and at times not notified of black dirty water, then the noise ordinance is not at all complied with. So just another issue to put your will on others to aggravate people even more. Its amazing people can: own guns, a chemical plant and discharge in our waters, there is no real compliance for sewer water going into the hudson river, you can ignore homeless lying on park benches, you can ignore a bar or liquor store on almost every block in hoboken, promoting drunkenness, you ignore loud music in bars all hours of the night without mandating padded walls for the new state of the art surround sound, But you go after the lone smoker.....What everyone is afraid of the bar owners, the water company and company's dumping in our waters???
Audrey Silk January 05, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Journey, you just said mold, ragweed, grass, lysol, exhaust, wood smoke and perfume are alleged triggers (some for you, some for others). I can add pet dander as one more. For you to not sound like you're discriminating then you must agree that at least some cleaning products, perfume, fireplaces, cars, pets and grass must be also be eliminated since "why should people who do not wish to be exposed lose the right not to be exposed?" Are you somehow better (as a cigarette smoke choice of offense) better than people who can't take pet hair or perfume? If your particular offense doesn't make you "better" then you have to be as equally vocal about ending the walking of dogs (and the insistence that pet owners change into pet hair-free clothes before leaving the house... as I know my shedding dog is always all over me no matter how much I brush) and the wearing of perfume in public.
Lance January 05, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I think the next step is to go after all the dog owners that don't pick up the dog crap. This has become the dogcrap city capitol. It is a joke You can't walk down one block without seeing at least 2the piles of crap. It is simple. If you don't want to pick it up then simply do not buy one. I caught a lady letting her dog go in our garden last week and she didn't even have anything on her to pick it up. I said are you just going to leave it and her excuse was "well I didn't know he was going to go so I didn't bring bags" nimrod you left your dog all day in a house or cage and now you are walking it. What the hell did she expect.
johnozed January 09, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Well this should be as well regulated as PEOPLE OBEYING THE SIGNS AND KEEPING THEIR DOGS OFF THE GRASS.
albert ross January 09, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Dog runs...childrens playground...who can tell the difference?

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