Jersey Shore Beach Smoking Ban Starts in January

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The new year brings new laws taking effect in the state, including a smoking ban on most Jersey shore beaches.

The new law that officially bans smoking at most of New Jersey's public beaches and parks will go into effect on Wednesday, January 16th.

The bill, which was signed by Governor Phil Murphy back in July, bans smoking on beaches except for in designated areas that amount to 15 percent of a beach and also parking lots.

Fines for those who violate the smoking ban would start at $250 for a first offense and go up to $1,000 for a third offense.

One thing the bill did not address was who would be responsible for enforcing the ban, but during the signing Murphy stated that decision will be left up to the municipalities.

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