Poll: Should Smoking Be Banned in Cinnaminson Parks and Public Places?

Cinnaminson Police propose updating local ordinances to ban smoking in parks and public places. Committee wants input from the community.

The recent hot topic throughout the county concerning banning smoking in parks and other public areas made its way into Cinnaminson Township Committee’s workshop discussion this week.

“Our ordinances are outdated,” Cinnaminson Police Officer Michael Czarzasty, the School District Resource Officer, told the committee during their meeting Monday night. “A lot of towns are putting bans on smoking on public property and in parks.”

Czarzasty was referring to a bill the State Assembly recently passed outlawing smoking in public places and parks.

Burlington County passed a smoking ban in county parks last year, and smoking was recently banned in Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

Moorestown Council has been debating whether to even consider an ordinance banning smoking on an upcoming agenda.

Mayor Anthony Minniti wants an action on smoking to be prompted by interest from the community.

“I don’t want to walk the line of government overreach,” Minniti said. “This is something I would want Parks and Recreation to take up, see if there’s an interest there. … I’m comfortable with a group of residents who are behind this prompting it instead of us creating a problem so we can do something about it.  I don’t want it to look like we’re creating laws for the sake of creating laws.”

Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick agreed, stating that the township needs to keep in mind the rights of the smoker.

Committeeman Ben Young was concerned with another aspect of the proposal, which would ban adults smoking in cars when a minor is present.

“If someone from out of town is driving through, they don’t know the law,” Young said. Do we need to post signs?”

That part of the proposal he was referring to is not a state law. The state allows individual municipalities to decide if it wants to outlaw smoking in cars with minors present. The fine can be between $50 and $500, and committee had questions about how to enforce the ordinance, including how to determine how old a teenager really is.

Committee agreed there are still questions that need to be answered.

What do you think about the possibility of banning smoking in municipal parks and public places? Participate in our poll and leave a comment below.

Joe Mikus May 10, 2014 at 03:24 PM
No one is born with a big Mac in their mouth. It is a chosen way to kill yourself.
Joe Mikus May 10, 2014 at 03:25 PM
2.In Nov. 2013, the US Surgeon General reported an estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be attributed to obesity. [36] Obesity was the third leading cause of death, after high blood pressure and smoking in 2009. [2]
JustALocalGuy May 10, 2014 at 08:32 PM
Anyone else notice that the comments have turned into a complete cesspool since Christina left? This place needs an enema.
Brian N May 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Some people are born genetically predisposed to be more at risk of obesity, just as some are born more likely to fall victim to addiction, like nicotine.
Phil McCrackin May 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM
I noticed. That's why I spoke up today. The same 3-4 people comment on everything. ....Regardless of their knowledge or education of topic. Just a cry for "please notice me" attention. Trolls of this forum. So, when someone gives their researched and honest opinion and is called an "idiot", I feel the need to speak up. I stick up for their right of opinion. Mikus didn't deserve that. Sorry if I offended JustALocalGuy. Not intended.


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