A new law could mean that cigarettes are outlawed in playgrounds and dog runs.
Hoboken's eight-member City Council will vote on a new law to curtail smoking in the city's playgrounds and dog runs. The new law prohibits smoking at certain areas of Hoboken's public parks. The ban doesn't apply to places like Pier A Park, where there are no playgrounds or dogruns. A first version of the ordinance outlawed smoking in all public parks, but it was amended, said Councilwoman Jennifer Giattino. The law is now up for second reading. If approved, it will be a law in about 20 days. This is not the first law that bans smoking. In September, the City Council approved a measure that outlaws smoking within 20 feet of a municipal building (including schools).