The borough of Franklin Lakes, N.J. has banned smoking in all recreation areas following an unanimous vote by the city council on Dec. 16.
Smokers must now be at least 35 feet from the entrances to all municipal buildings, as well as completely banning smoking in all parks, playgrounds and ball fields, including parking areas and driveways adjacent to those spaces. Those who are caught in violation of the law face a first time fine of $250 that escalates to $500 for a second offense and $1,000 for a third offense, according to a report on NorthJersey.com.
The full text of Ordinance 1612 can be found here. The change goes into effect immediately.
Franklin Lakes is home to just under 11,000 people and is located about 24 miles north of Newark.