Township of Jefferson, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson 9-4-1996 by Ord. No. 13-96 (Ch. 16, Art. I of the 1967 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 403-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOARD OF EDUCATION PROPERTIES
All lands and grounds owned by the Jefferson Township Board of Education, including but not limited to all recreation fields, parking areas and grounds adjacent to the buildings owned and operated by the Board of Education.
[Added 12-21-2005 by Ord. No. 20-05]
ENCLOSED AREA
All areas between a floor and a ceiling extending to the outer perimeter walls of a structure.
PUBLIC BUILDINGS
Any Township- or Board of Education-owned or leased buildings, including but not limited to all schools, municipal buildings, library, senior center, health center, etc., in which the public is invited or the public is permitted.[1]
RECREATION PROPERTIES
Township-owned recreation properties consist of the following:
[Added 12-21-2005 by Ord. No. 20-05; amended 5-11-2011 by Ord. No. 11-11]
Property
Location
Lakeside Park
Bowling Green Parkway
Firemen's Field
Bowling Green Parkway
Ralph Ackerson Memorial Field
Ridge Road
Chamberlain Park
Courtney Drive
Legion Field
Legion Road
Kennedy Field
Apollo Drive
Dogwood Park
Dogwood Park Drive
Johnson's Pond
Cozy Lake Road and Notch
Water's Edge Tot Lot
Chamberlain Road
Berkshire Valley Park
Berkshire Valley Road
Oak Ridge Lake Park
Berkshire Valley Road
Longwood Lake Park
Longwood Lake Road
East Shore Park
East Shore Road
Camp Jefferson
81 Weldon Road
Creative Playground
Weldon Road
Children's Park
Swartz Boulevard
Ashley Cove
Espanong Road
Prospect Point Park
Florida Avenue
Township Senior Center
Schoolhouse Road
SMOKING
The burning of a cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains any form of tobacco. Said definition shall include the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers using tobacco or tobacco by-products, or nicotine delivery systems.
[Amended 7-16-2014 by Ord. No. 14-14]
TOBACCO PRODUCT
Any product made from the tobacco plant or containing tobacco leaf, for the purpose of smoking, chewing, inhaling or other personal use, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff and dipping tobacco. Tobacco products shall also include electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers using tobacco or tobacco by-products, or nicotine delivery systems.
[Added 12-4-1996 by Ord. No. 20-96; amended 7-16-2014 by Ord. No. 14-14]
[1]
Editor's Note: The definition of "public grounds," added 12-4-1996 by Ord. No. 20-96, which previously followed this definition, was repealed 12-21-2005 by Ord. No. 20-05.

§ 403-2 Prohibition of smoking in public places; signs to be posted.

[Amended 12-21-2005 by Ord. No. 20-05]
A. 
Smoking in public buildings, on recreation properties and on Board of Education properties as herein defined within the Township of Jefferson is prohibited.
B. 
"No Smoking" signs or the international no smoking symbol (consisting of a pictorial representation of a burning cigarette enclosed in a red circle with a diagonal red line through its cross-section) shall be posted at each public building entrance and within said building, as well as at conspicuous locations on recreation properties and Board of Education properties, in a number and in a manner determined by the administrator in charge of each such building or recreation property to be sufficient to inform the public that there is no smoking allowed within the building or on any such recreation property. The signs may contain a warning that smoking within the building or on any such recreation property is subject to a fine. The failure to post any such sign shall not be a defense to a violation of this chapter.

§ 403-3 Minors possessing and using tobacco products on public lands.

[Added 12-4-1996 by Ord. No. 20-96; amended 3-19-2003 by Ord. No. 7-03; 8-16-2006 by Ord. No. 21-06]
It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 19 years to smoke a tobacco product in any public building or on any public grounds as defined herein or to possess any type of container containing a tobacco product in a public building or on public lands as herein defined.

§ 403-4 Vending machines dispensing tobacco products.

[Added 12-4-1996 by Ord. No. 20-96; amended 8-16-2006 by Ord. No. 21-06]
In view of the indiscriminate sales of tobacco products to minors through tobacco vending machines, no vending machines located within the Township of Jefferson shall be permitted to sell or dispense tobacco products as herein defined unless said machine contains a functioning locking device to prevent the indiscriminate sales of tobacco products. Said locking device would only be unlocked at such time that the person who wants to purchase a tobacco product from a vending machine satisfies the owner or operator of said machine that he or she is over the age of 19 years, in which event any persons over 19 years of age would be able to purchase tobacco products from a vending machine.

§ 403-5 Self-service tobacco product displays prohibited.

[Added 12-4-1996 by Ord. No. 20-96]
It shall be unlawful within the Township of Jefferson to offer for sale or to sell tobacco products from a self-service display. All self-service tobacco displays now located within the Township of Jefferson made unlawful by the terms of this chapter shall be removed within 30 days from the effective date of this chapter.

§ 403-6 Enforcement.

The enforcement authorities of this chapter shall be the police officers of the Township of Jefferson and the Health Officer of the Township of Jefferson and his or her respective designees.

§ 403-7 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the following:
(1) 
A fine in the maximum amount of $125 for the first violation.
(2) 
A fine not to exceed the amount of $200 for the second violation.
(3) 
A fine not to exceed the amount of $300 for each additional violation thereof.
B. 
The Municipal Court shall have the right, upon the conviction for a first violation, to suspend such penalty upon the condition that the violator attend a program or programs relating to the harmful use of smoking and the use of tobacco products and that the violator produce proof of attending said program.