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Media Advisory – Anti-Smoking Measures Scheduled For Vote In Senate Tomorrow

TRENTON – Two measures which would limit New Jerseyans involuntary exposure to second-hand smoke are scheduled for Senate consideration tomorrow, with a media availability with State lawmakers and representatives of NJ GASP (Group Against Smoking Pollution) following the vote.

The first bill, S-1089, sponsored by Senators John Adler, Shirley Turner and Joseph Vitale, would eliminate an exemption in New Jersey’s Smoke-Free Air Act which allows casinos to circumvent the Statewide smoking ban enacted last session. The bill would force casinos and simulcasting facilities to abide by the same smoking restrictions in place for restaurants, bars, and other workplaces in the State.

The second bill, S-2641, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak, would create a motor vehicle offense for smoking in an automobile in which a child under 16 years old is present. The bill would establish a $100 fine for anyone caught violating the provisions of the offense. The penalties collected from violations would be deposited into a fund in the Department of Health and Senior Services set up to provide smoking cessation programs in the State.

The Senate is scheduled to begin tomorrow’s session at 2:00 p.m..

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