Camden County Parks Now Smoke-Free

Camden County freeholders declare all county parks smoke-free.

Camden County freeholders have banned smoking in all county parks, including Timber Creek Park in Gloucester Township.

The county is following up with signs and messaging to make sure no one smokes in the park’s playgrounds.

“With the documented danger of secondhand smoke, it becomes a public health issue to have people smoking in the parks, especially in areas like the playgrounds, where children congregate,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, who is liaison to the county Parks Department.

The American Cancer Society has supported the freeholders' initiative to end smoking in county parks.

“Smoke-free parks need to and should be the new standard for healthy living,” American Cancer Society Regional Vice President Jessica Backofen said in a statement issued by the county. “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke, not even outdoors. It is a killer."

Backofen, who spoke along with Nash at a July 19 press conference at a county park in Berlin, noted that 3,400 people die of lung cancer as a direct result of secondhand smoke each year.

Keeping children away from known carcinogens is part of Camden County government’s emphasis on protecting the environment as a quality of life issue.

“It is all about having respect for ourselves and for others and keeping the air we breathe as clean as possible,” Nash said.

Paul J. DiBartolo August 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I hope no smoke drifts in from any "smoking allowed" areas. While I respect any and every individual's freedom not to be subjected to second hand smoke from another, I just wonder where this all will end. The County freeholders do not own the park; the taxpayer's do. Smokers do pay taxes. If a person can ascertain that his or her smoke will not annoy another than he or she should be free to smoke...outside! I do not smoke. I do wonder, however, what will be next on the government list of "Thou Shalt Not" under penalty of law. "Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?" - courtesy of the Five Man Electrical Band.
Schu August 12, 2012 at 11:54 PM
More feel good legislation that does nothing to lower taxes and stop corruption.
Paul J. DiBartolo August 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM
More control is better...No?
Joe August 13, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Welcome to Russia.
Uncle Jon August 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I won't waste your taxes Luther, I'm going to take a great big Arturo Fuente cigar that I just paid a NJ 30% tax on and smoke the hell out of it in the park right next to the GT police station! 100% sure that I won't even be bothered by anyone including the PO-LICE!


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