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Bill would ban smoking at parks, limit at beaches


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Chris Christie a bill that would put new limitations on smoking in New Jersey’s outdoor public spaces.

The state’s Senate and Assembly voted Thursday to ban smoking at state, county and municipal parks and limit it at most public beaches.

The bill would allow counties and municipalities to set aside up to 15 percent of a beach as a designated smoking area.

The governor has yet to weigh in on the measure, which he must sign for it to become law.

The bill is aimed at reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, litter and fire risks.

More than a third of New Jersey’s municipalities already have laws restricting smoking in parks and recreation areas. Towns with full bans on smoking at beaches will be able to keep them.