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New Jersey Administrative Code 8:6-7.1 Purpose.
The purpose of this subchapter is to implement the prohibition against smoking in school buildings and on school grounds pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3D-58.
New Jersey Administrative Code 8:6-7.2 Smoking prohibited in school buildings and on school grounds.
(a) Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3D-58b, smoking is prohibited in school buildings and on school grounds. (b) As used in (a) above, "school buildings" and "school grounds," means and includes, with respect to public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools:
- Land, portions of land, structures, buildings, and vehicles, owned, operated or used for the provision of academic or extracurricular programs sponsored by a school or a community provider and structures that support these buildings, such as school wastewater treatment facilities, generating facilities, and other central service facilities including, but not limited to, kitchens and maintenance shops;
- Athletic stadiums, swimming pools, any associated structures or related equipment tied to such facilities including, but not limited to, grandstands and night field lights, greenhouses, garages, facilities used for non-instructional or non-educational purposes, and any structure, building or facility used solely for school administration;
- Playgrounds, and recreational places owned by local municipalities, private entities or other individuals during those times when the school district has exclusive use of a portion of such land; and
- Certain faculty or administrator residences on school grounds as provided in N.J.A.C. 8:6-8.1(b).
New Jersey Statutes 26:3D-56 Findings, declarations relative to smoking, use of electronic smoking devices in certain public places, workplaces.
The Legislature finds and declares that: a. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the State and the nation; b. Tobacco smoke constitutes a substantial health hazard to the nonsmoking majority of the public; c. Electronic smoking devices have not been approved as to safety and efficacy by the federal Food and Drug Administration, and their use may pose a health risk to persons exposed to their smoke or vapor because of a known irritant contained therein and other substances that may, upon evaluation by that agency, be identified as potentially toxic to those inhaling the smoke or vapor; d. The separation of smoking and nonsmoking areas in indoor public places and workplaces does not eliminate the hazard to nonsmokers if these areas share a common ventilation system; e. The prohibition of smoking at public parks and beaches would better preserve and maintain the natural assets of this State by reducing litter and increasing fire safety in those areas, while lessening exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke and providing for a more pleasant park or beach experience for the public; and f. Therefore, subject to certain specified exceptions, it is clearly in the public interest to prohibit the smoking of tobacco products and the use of electronic smoking devices in all enclosed indoor places of public access and workplaces and at all public parks and beaches.
New Jersey Statutes 26:3D-57 Definitions relative to smoking, use of electronic smoking devices in certain public places, workplaces.
As used in this act: “Electronic smoking device” means an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including, but not limited to, an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, or pipe. “Indoor public place” means a structurally enclosed place of business, commerce or other service-related activity, whether publicly or privately owned or operated on a for-profit or nonprofit basis, which is generally accessible to the public, including, but not limited to: a commercial or other office building; office or building owned, leased or rented by the State or by a county or municipal government; public and nonpublic elementary or secondary school building; board of education building; theater or concert hall; public library; museum or art gallery; bar; restaurant or other establishment where the principal business is the sale of food for consumption on the premises, including the bar area of the establishment; garage or parking facility; any public conveyance operated on land or water, or in the air, and passenger waiting rooms and platform areas in any stations or terminals thereof; health care facility licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.); patient waiting room of the office of a health care provider licensed pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes; child care center licensed pursuant to P.L.1983, c.492 (C.30:5B-1 et seq.); race track facility; facility used for the holding of sporting events; ambulatory recreational facility; shopping mall or retail store; hotel, motel or other lodging establishment; apartment building lobby or other public area in an otherwise private building; or a passenger elevator in a building other than a single-family dwelling. “Smoking” means the burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from, or the possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device.
New Jersey Statutes 26:3D-58 Smoking prohibited in certain public places, workplaces.
b. Smoking is prohibited in any area of any building of, or on the grounds of, any public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school, regardless of whether the area is an indoor public place or is outdoors.
New Jersey Statutes 26:3D-66 Use of smokeless tobacco prohibited in public schools.
a. The use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited in any area of any building of, or on the grounds of, any public school. As used in this section, “use of smokeless tobacco” means the inhalation, chewing, or placement in the oral cavity of snuff, chewing tobacco, or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco.
b. The board of education of each school district shall ensure the placement, in every public entrance to a public school building in its district, of a sign which shall be located so as to be clearly visible to the public and shall contain letters which contrast in color with the sign, indicating that the use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited therein.
- (1) The board of education of each school district shall order any person using smokeless tobacco in violation of this section to comply with the provisions of this section. Except as otherwise provided pursuant to subsection d. of this section, a person, after being so ordered, who uses smokeless tobacco in violation of this section is subject to a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. A penalty shall be recovered in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs (3) and (4) of this subsection.
- (2) The department, the local board of health, or the board, body, or officers exercising the functions of the local board of health according to law, upon written complaint or having reason to suspect that a public school is or may be in violation of the provisions of this section, shall, by written notification, advise the board of education of the school district accordingly and order appropriate action to be taken. A board of education that receives that notice and fails or refuses to comply with the order is subject to a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. In addition to the penalty provided herein, a court may order immediate compliance with the provisions of this section.
- (3) A penalty recovered under the provisions of this section shall be recovered by, and in the name of, the Commissioner of Health or by, and in the name of, the local board of health. When the plaintiff is the commissioner, the penalty recovered shall be paid by the commissioner into the treasury of the State. When the plaintiff is a local board of health, the penalty recovered shall be paid by the local board into the treasury of the municipality where the violation occurred.
- (4) A municipal court shall have jurisdiction over proceedings to enforce and collect any penalty imposed because of a violation of this section if the violation has occurred within the territorial jurisdiction of the court. The proceedings shall be summary and in accordance with the “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.). Process shall be in the nature of a summons or warrant and shall issue only at the suit of the commissioner or the local board of health, as the case may be, as plaintiff.
- (5) The penalties provided in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection shall be the only civil remedy for a violation of this section. There shall be no private right of action against a party for failure to comply with the provisions of this section.
d. A student who violates the provisions of this section after being ordered by the board of education of the district to comply with the provisions of this section, shall not be subject to the fines established pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection c. of this section, but rather shall be prohibited by the board of education of the district from participation in all extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, and the revocation of any student parking permit that the student may possess. The board of education shall adopt a policy that establishes the length of a suspension or revocation to be imposed on a student for an initial or subsequent violation of the provisions of this section.
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