RARITAN TWP., NJ – As reports that vaping can cause lung damage and even death continue to emerge, and as President Trump says the FDA will soon release warnings regarding what some call e-cigarettes, the township is considering banning vaping from its properties.
Smoking is already prohibited in the township’s police headquarters and court buildings, as well as on school properties – including the six schools in the K-8 Flemington-Raritan school district and Hunterdon Central High School.
But a new ordinance, to be introduced at tomorrow’s Township Committee meeting, would extend the smoking ban to include “electronic smoking devices,” the devices required for vaping.
The new rule would also prohibit vaping at the township’s Municipal Building and Parks and Recreation facilities, and extend the no-smoking rule to those locations, too.
A draft of the ordinance states that the Parks and Recreation ban would encompass all public parks, playgrounds, open space areas and ballfields owned or leased by the township. And any Parks and Recreation areas where “the public is invited or … permitted” would also be part of the ban, such as parking areas and driveways.
If the rule is not heeded, the ordinance includes the provision of a $200 fine, and/or up to 30 days of community service and even jail – for up to 30 days.
Although it will be introduced tomorrow, the public hearing on the plan would be on Oct. 1, if Township Committee votes to approve the draft.
Township Committee meetings are held at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building off Route 523.