No smoking ordinance in parks pass; 5-0

Congratulations to Girl Scout Troop 4383 on your Bronze Award! The ordinance passed for smoke free playgrounds and athletic fields in Parsippany!

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council passed Ordinance No. 2014:06, “an ordinance known to stop smoking in Township Parks” during the final reading on Tuesday, May 20. All council members voted for the ordinance.

At the Council meeting on January 14, Girl Scout Troop No. 4383 of Rockaway Meadow, troop leaders and the Morris County Smoke-Free Parks Coalition made a presentation to the Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council. To view the ordinance, click here.

“We’ve identified the need to have smoke-free parks in Parsippany-Troy Hills because we care about the environment,” said the junior girl scouts. Their presentation is part of their process in obtaining the bronze award, which is the highest honor for a junior girl scout.

The girls then listed off common statistics on the negative effects of tobacco and smoking.

The Ordinance amended Township Section 290-18 of the Township Code, Smoking. Smoking is defined as “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.”

The ordinance states, “In all Township parks, smoking is prohibited in and around children’s play areas as designated by no smoking signs; and during any sporting event(s), smoking is prohibited at the athletic fields, sports courts, and play areas where the sporting event(s) are taking place, and is only permitted in associated parking areas. In all Township parks, the Township will post “No Smoking” signs around all children’s play areas, which shall read “No Smoking Beyond This Point Pursuant to Township Code 290-18.”

This Ordinance shall be enforced by the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and any person may initiate enforcement by registering a complaint with the Police Department.

Any person violating any provisions of this Ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to the penalties set forth in 1-17 of the Township Code.

According to Township Code 1-17 (A) (1) For violation of any provision of this chapter, any other chapter of this Code, or any ordinance of the Township where no specific penalty is provided regarding the section or sections violated, the maximum penalty, upon conviction, shall be a fine not exceeding $2,000, or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both, or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days at the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.