BY MICHAEL PHILLIS
STATE HOUSE BUREAU
The Senate passed a bill that would prohibit smoking at public parks and beaches on Thursday.
Smoking is already prohibited in indoor public areas like shopping malls and restaurants, this bill would extend those bans to some outdoor public areas.
Advocates of the bill say that it will benefit general public health by keeping the air clean.
The measure had passed the Assembly by a wide margin in March before being approved by the Senate on a vote of 30-3 today. It now heads to Governor Christie for his signature.
Many municipalities have already decided to ban smoking at local public parks.