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Event Date: 01/16/2019
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Organization: Bernards Township Health Department
Town: Bernards Township
Category: Adults
Contact Information:
    Lucy Forgione, Health Officer
    262 S. Finley Ave. Basking Ridge 07920
    health@bernards.org
    Tel: 908-204-2520  Fax: 908-204-3075
Event Title: Breathe Easy Smoke & Tobacco Free Parks
Event Location: Bernards Township Parks
Event Description:
    In July the NJ state legislature passed a law extending the existing prohibition of smoking and vaping in indoor public areas to all municipal parks in the state. (Golf courses are excepted from the law.) Beginning on January 16, 2019, smoking and vaping will not be permitted in outdoor public areas in Bernards Township parks. Signs at the parks and notices on township websites will announce the new law. This is an important advance in the public health of our community. Vaping of nicotine among our young people is common, leads to addiction in many users, and has been found likely to increase the risk of cigarette use in the future. This new law communicates that we as a community care about the health of our residents, young and old, and normalizes positive health behavior. The playgrounds and the ballfields of our township are critical to teaching our children and youth how to live healthy, happy lives. Now we have one more tool in the armamentarium. We look forward to helping all of our residents achieve the highest quality of life at our parks and in our community.

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