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NJ Senate and Assembly Pass Smokefree and Vape-free Park and Beaches Bill

Shown are examples of electronic smoking products. Credits: Centers for Disease Control

NEW JERSEY - Today marks a historical day for New Jersey. Both the NJ Senate and Assembly overwhelmingly passed the bill to make all public parks and beaches 100% smokefree and vape-free, meaning no e-cigarette usage. The bill (S2534/A2041) heads to Governor Murphy for his consideration. Once signed into law, the bill will take effect in 180 days.

“NJ will be the first State in the USA to make all local, county and state public parks and beaches 100% smokefree and vape-free, meaning no use of electronic smoking devices as well. Once again, NJ is a leader when it comes to protecting people from secondhand smoke, and creating healthy outdoor environments for children,“ states Karen Blumenfeld, Esq., Executive Director of Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy, a non-profit that encourages tobacco-free living and smokefree and vape-free environments.

“We are glad that the State is on top of what’s trending in tobacco and nicotine usage, and included e-cigarettes in their bill.” Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggested that smokefree policies include bans on using e-cigarettes, in light of the health and safety concerns with the devices, and to help de-normalize e-cigarette use since there’s a tripled increase in youth using e-cigarettes in the USA.

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Smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable death and disease, which is why GASP has worked on smokefree parks and beaches for more than 15 years, and educated hundreds of NJ towns on the benefits of making parks and beaches smokefree. “More than one-half of NJ towns and counties already restrict smoking/vaping in their parks and/or beaches, and we thank the early-adopters for trail-blazing, and State leaders for expanding it to all parks and beaches.“

According to GASP’s database,100% smokefree beaches and boardwalks are already required at Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Seagirt, Seaside Park, Spring Lake, and 7 Presidents Oceanfront Park. Asbury Park, Beach Haven, Cape May Point, Little Egg Harbor Township, Long Beach Township, Long Branch, Lower Township’s Sunset Beach, Ocean Grove, Somers Point, Jenkinson’s Point Pleasant Beach and Upper Township require 100% smokefree beaches. Ocean City, Wildwood and North Wildwood ban smoking on their boardwalks. Many other NJ towns and counties also restrict smoking and vaping in their parks and on the beaches.

About GASP: GASP is a 40+ year-old non-profit that tracks laws and policies on tobacco-free living and smokefree environments, and serves as an educational resource provider on emerging trends in tobacco control and policy. Learn more at

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This Figured: New Works Exploring Memory, Context and Subversion  

June 21, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, welcomes an exciting encore exhibit: This Figured: New Works Exploring Memory, Context and Subversion” by David Dixon.      

The display will be on view in the Montclair Public Library Gallery, 50 South Fullerton Avenue,

during library hours from June 1 – June ...

East Orange Family Success Center Hosts Juneteenth “Family Freedom Day 2018” 

June 18, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ – The East Orange Family Success Center will be hosting a Juneteenth “Family Freedom Day” at the Ambrose Mansion 182 South Harrison St., East Orange this Saturday, June 23rd 12:00 - 5:00 PM.

Juneteenth is a celebration of African-American history and heritage. This American holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of ...

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Winners of Fishing Derby at South Mountain Recreation Complex

June 19, 2018

West Orange, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante congratulate Pedro Ildefonso from Orange for catching the first fish in the boys’ 6-10 age category during the Essex County Fishing Derby in Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex on Thursday, June 14th. He caught four fish.

Gen Z on Twitter - Influencers and Trends

In the last article, we discussed the main differences between Gen Z and Millennials in terms of their favorite social networks. We also looked in detail at what they do on Facebook and the fact that less than half of Gen Z used it, as compared to nearly three-quarters of Millennials.

This time, we will look in more detail at what the 13% of Gen Z who use Twitter do on that network.

As we ...

Gen Z: Social Media is What It’s All About

In the last article, we looked at Gen Z’s very heavy music consumption on their smartphones, and their willingness to pay for online music services.

In this article, we want to focus on another main activity Gen Z does on their smartphones: engage with others on social media.

Here the patterns are very different from Millennials. In response to the question, "Which of the ...

Gen Z Music Consumption — a Marketing Gold Mine?

In the last article, we discussed the many things that Gen Z do on their smartphones. The main one is listening to music. 

This time, we want to look at their music consumption in more detail to see what marketing doors their patterns can open.

How Often Do They Listen to Music?

In a recent survey, 84% of Gen Z report listening to music every day on their smartphone, as compared ...

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Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019 and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019

and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

EAST ORANGE, NJ  – Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, with an increase in total program funding at 15% ...