Borough officials are seeking to update local ordinances regarding smoking on borough properties and to add provisions about electronic smoking devices to Hopatcong's code books.
Accribng to the NJ Herald: The new ordinance is slated for final reading and adoption on Wednesday.
The new guidelines add in e-cigarettes, which were not in existence when the Board of Health wrote tobacco products into municipal legislation in 2001. "Both present issues," commented Borough attorney John Ursin about tobacco goods and electronic smoking devices. He said the upcoming ordinance will help to better shield non-smokers in the community visiting borough properties and buildings from second-hand smoke of any type.
Ursin said all smoking, whether tobacco or e-cigarettes, will be forbidden on public properties and in public buildings, except in designated areas set at these locations. The municipal building, borough parks and fire stations are among the places that fall under the guidelines. Ursin said Hopatcong administrator Ron Tappan will set the assigned areas for smoking in each place.
"We didn't put this (designated areas) in the ordinance to have flexibility," Ursin said.
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