Proposed ordinance would place limits on smoking in Colts Neck

COLTS NECK – A public hearing on an ordinance that will, if adopted, update Colts Neck’s municipal code will be held tonight, June 26.

Following the public hearing, the Township Committee may adopt the ordinance.

The new section of the municipal code would prohibit smoking or vaping on or at all municipal properties, including parks and municipal buildings, and in all municipal vehicles. Smoking will be permitted in designated areas.

The proposed ordinance will prohibit smoking in an indoor public place or workplace, except in any tobacco retail establishment or any area of the tobacco retail establishment that provides for the purpose of smoking.

The ordinance will prohibit smoking at public or nonpublic elementary schools and secondary schools, regardless of whether the area is an indoor public place or outdoors. The proposed update will also prohibit smoking within 35 feet of the entrance of a public place in Colts Neck.

“No Smoking” signs or the international no smoking symbol will be posted at areas regulated by the ordinance. Violators will be subject to no less than a $250 fine for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third and subsequent offense.