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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.

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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