Ridgewood considering ban on smoking in parks
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Monday February 4, 2013, 10:05 AM
BY CHRIS HARRIS
RIDGEWOOD — The village council is considering an ordinance that would designate parks in the village as smoke-free environments.
Karen Blumenfeld, the executive director of Global Advisors on Smoke-free Policy (or GASP), told the village council during its meeting on Wednesday that enacting such a mandate could cut down on litter in Ridgewood’s parks as well as “second-hand smoke exposure.”
Blumenfeld said that more than 140 municipalities in New Jersey have banned cigarette smoking in open public spaces. In Bergen County, 14 towns have banned smoking in parks, she said.
Smoking is also banned in Bergen County parks.