The New Jersey legislature has a pair of smoking ban related bills on the docket for the 2014-15 session, one to ban smoking at state owned beaches and the other to allow municipalities to establish fines for smoking in public places.

Senate Bill 1249 and its companion Assembly Bill 418, seek to ban smoking at state-owned beaches and carries a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. It was first introduced during the 2008-2009 session and has been reintroduced every session since. It has been referred to the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee following each introduction but has yet to make it out of committee.

Senate Bill 321 also has a bit of history behind it having been first introduced during the 2012-13 legislative session. It seeks to allow municipalities to establish civil penalties for smoking in public places, with a cap of $200 per offense.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.