Borough of Oceanport, NJ
Monmouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Oceanport 2-15-1996 by Ord. No. 673 (Ch. 56A of the 1970 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Board of Health — See Ch. 61.

§ 315-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
HEALTH OFFICER
The Administrative Officer and the Oceanport Board of Health and/or his or her authorized representatives.
LICENSED PREMISES
Any place licensed by the State of New Jersey to primarily sell at retail beer, wine and mixed spirits for consumption on the premises.
PERSON
An individual, partnership, cooperative, association, corporation, personal representative, receiver, trustee, assignee or any other legal entity.
TOBACCO
Any product made from the tobacco plant for the purpose of smoking, chewing, inhaling and other personal use, including cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snuff and cigarettes in any form.
TOBACCO RETAILER
Any person or entity that operates a store, stand, booth, concession or place at which sales of tobacco are made to purchasers for consumption or use, and shall mean a person or entity that owns or operates a vending machine and/or a vending machine location.
VENDING MACHINE
Any automated, self-service device which, upon insertion of money, tokens or any other form of payments, dispenses cigarettes or other tobacco products.
VENDING MACHINE LOCATION
The room, enclosure, space or area where a tobacco vending machine is installed and operated.

§ 315-2 Prohibition of tobacco sales to minors.

It shall be unlawful for anyone, including a tobacco retailer, to sell, give or permit to be sold or given to a person under 18 years of age, tobacco in any form.

§ 315-3 Identification required.

It shall be unlawful for a tobacco retailer to sell or permit tobacco products to be sold to any individual under the age of 18 years unless the seller has a reasonable basis for determining that the buyer is of legal age (18 or over).

§ 315-4 Prohibition of sales of tobacco products by minors.

It shall be unlawful for any tobacco retailer to allow, suffer or permit the sale of tobacco products on his or her premises by any person under the age of 18 years.

§ 315-5 Restriction of tobacco vending machines and sales.

It shall be unlawful for a tobacco retailer to offer for sale or to sell any tobacco products through a vending machine in this municipality, except in the following instances:
A. 
In any premises or portion thereof to which access by minors is expressly prohibited by law or by the expressed policy of the owner of the premises; provided, however, that the tobacco vending machine is:
(1) 
Located fully within such premises or section of premises, from which minors are prohibited.
(2) 
Under the visual supervision of the tobacco retailer or his or her adult employee so that all purchases from the machine are readily observable.
(3) 
Inaccessible to the public eye when the businesses are closed.
B. 
In any premises such as a factory, business, office, industrial plant or other place where the public is generally not given access and where such machines are intended for the use of employees 18 years of age or older or other adults and the tobacco vending machines in each premises is:
(1) 
Located within the immediate vicinity of, or in plain view of and under the control of, a responsible employee 18 years of age or older.
(2) 
Not located in a coat room, rest room waiting area or similar unmonitored area and is inaccessible to the public when the establishment is closed.
C. 
In any premises or portion thereof where the principal use is for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages pursuant to the "New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Control Act," N.J.S.A. 33:1.1 et seq., where access by persons under 18 years of age is prohibited by law, provided that the tobacco vending machine is:
(1) 
Located fully within such premises or section of premises from which minors are prohibited.
(2) 
Inaccessible to the public when the premises are closed.
D. 
In all other instances, locations and places, a tobacco vending machine shall be permitted to operate if the operation of the machine to vend tobacco products is possible only by the activation of an electronic switch or other device which is controlled by the proprietor or employee at or over the age of 18 and only after the proprietor or employee has made the reasonable determination that the person wishing to use the tobacco vending machine is 18 years of age or older.

§ 315-6 Prohibition within certain distance from school property.

Except on premises as described in § 315-5B of this chapter, it shall be unlawful for a tobacco retailer to operate a tobacco vending machine in any premises or portion thereof located within 200 feet of any public or private school or other property used primarily for school activities.

§ 315-7 Tampering with machines or devices prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any tobacco retailer responsible for the operation of a tobacco vending machine to remove, disconnect or otherwise disable the remotely activated electronic switch or device on a tobacco vending machine in a location where § 315-5 of this chapter provides for a vending machine to be so equipped.

§ 315-8 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person either acting directly or indirectly through an agent who sells or offers for sale, gives away, delivers or otherwise furnishes to a person under the age of 18 years any tobacco or tobacco product in any form, including smokeless tobacco or any other matter or substance which can be smoked, either from a vending machine or by retail counter sales, shall be given a warning pursuant to Subsection B of this section for a first offense and be subject to the penalty set forth in § 315-10 for a second or subsequent offense.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
The local Board of Health, or the Board, body or officers exercising the function of a local Board of Health, having determined that a licensee or other person is in violation of this section shall, by written notification not later than 60 days after discovery of an alleged violation, advise the person of the violation and that any subsequent failure or refusal to comply with this chapter is subject to the fine prescribed in this section.
C. 
Any penalty recovered under the provisions of this chapter shall be recovered by and in the name of the local Board of Health. The penalty recovered shall be paid by the local Board into the treasury of the Borough.
D. 
The Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction over proceedings to enforce and collect any penalty imposed because of the violation of any provision of this chapter if the violation has occurred within the territorial jurisdiction of the Court. The proceedings shall be summary and in accordance with the "Penalty Enforcement Law" (N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1, et seq.). Process shall be in the nature of a summons or warrant and shall be issued by the local Board of Health or the Chief of Police.
E. 
The Health Officer or his designee, or any other person charged with enforcement of this chapter, after giving proper identification, may inspect any matter, thing, premises or place as may be necessary for the proper enforcement hereof.
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to oppose or otherwise obstruct a Health Officer or his designee in the performance of duties hereunder, and they may request the assistance of a law enforcement agency or peace officer when necessary to execute his or her official duty in a manner prescribed by law.

§ 315-9 Seizure of unauthorized tobacco vending machines. [1]

A tobacco vending machine which is not permitted under this chapter may be taken into custody by municipal authorities. Any machine so taken shall be returned to its owner upon payment of the reasonable costs incurred in connection with the taking. As an alternative or in addition to the provisions of this section, any person licensed as a retail dealer under the "Cigarette Tax Act" (N.J.S.A. 54:40A-1 et seq.), for each unauthorized tobacco vending machine remaining at any prescribed location after the effective date of this chapter may be subject to § 315-10 for each day placement of the vending machine is in violation of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 315-10 Violations and penalties.

The penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be as set forth in Chapter 1, § 1-15, General penalty.

§ 315-11 Construction.

This chapter shall be liberally construed for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of this municipality.