[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge 9-22-2003 by Ord. No. 50-03. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Surgeon General of the United States has determined that cigarette smoking has been causally linked to lung cancer, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other conditions that constitute a wide array of serious health consequences.
The State Legislature has found that in those places affected by N.J.S.A. 26:3D-1 et seq., the right of the nonsmoker to breathe clean air should supersede the right of the smoker to smoke. In addition to the deleterious effects upon smokers, tobacco smoke is:
It is the purpose of this chapter to protect and preserve the health and comfort of the general public and municipal employees in all Township owned or leased buildings and facilities.
It is the policy of the Township of Old Bridge that all Township owned or leased buildings and other general facilities shall be smoke-free at all times to protect and preserve the health and comfort of the general public and the employees from the toxic and annoying effects of tobacco smoke and also to protect life and property from fire. It is hereby determined that, although some areas of buildings and facilities are not generally accessible at all times to the general public, there are no portions of any Township owned or leased buildings or other facilities to which some members of the public or some employees are legally prohibited from entering. Accordingly, smoke is prohibited in all offices, corridors, hallways, rooms and all other portions of all Township owned or leased buildings and other facilities in order to protect the right of every person to breathe clean air.
Smoking is hereby prohibited in all Township owned or leased buildings and other facilities.
The enforcement authorities of this section shall be the Old Bridge Township Police Department and the Health Officer of the Township of Old Bridge and his or her respective designees. The Mayor may establish municipal regulations to clarify or carry out the purpose of this section or for the fair and uniform enforcement of this section to ensure smoke-free public facilities in the Township.
Any person who violates the provisions set forth in this chapter or any regulation, rule or procedure duly promulgated pursuant hereto shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable as set forth in Chapter 1, Article II, Penalty. Any Township employee who shall violate these provisions shall also be subject to disciplinary action.
This chapter shall be liberally construed for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people, the citizens of the Township of Old Bridge.