Smoke-free Air Act Initiative

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New Jersey's Smoke-Free Air Act of 2006 ensures that workers have a safe, smoke-free workplace and that all nonsmokers -- including children and senior citizens -- can breathe smoke-free air in public places.

Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard that can lead to illness and premature death in children and non-smoking adults, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. As New Jersey’s Smoke-Free Air Act states, it is clearly in the public interest to prohibit smoking in enclosed indoor spaces.

In January, 2010, an amendment was passed, which banned the use of electronic smoking devices - "e-cigarettes" - in indoor public places and workplaces and the sale to people 19 years and younger. The amended law became effective March 13, 2010. This is the first state law of its kind in the nation with the New Jersey Senate and Assembly both voting unanimously in favor of the law.

The law is an important part of New Jersey’s effort to eliminate tobacco use as one of our most significant public health threats, reduce smoking-related illnesses and save lives for generations to come.

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