ASSEMBLY, No. 2308

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

213th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 26, 2008

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblywoman NILSA CRUZ-PEREZ

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblywoman CONNIE WAGNER

District 38 (Bergen)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Permits smoking ban on grounds of certain State facilities if smoking cessation program offered.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning smoking on grounds of certain State-owned facilities and supplementing P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-55 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  a.  A State psychiatric hospital or a State developmental center, as applicable, may prohibit smoking on its grounds, if it offers a smoking cessation program for both employees, and patients and residents, as applicable.

     b.  The smoking cessation program shall be developed in consultation with the Commissioners of Health and Senior Services and Personnel, and shall be initiated one year prior to prohibiting smoking on its grounds and continue to be offered as long as smoking is prohibited.  If a smoking cessation program required pursuant to this section was initiated prior to, and is in effect on, the effective date of this act, smoking may be prohibited one year from the date of initiation of the program.

 

     2.  Pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), the Commissioner of Human Services shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act.

 

     3.  This act shall take effect three months after enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill supplements the “New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act,” P.L.2005, c.383 (N.J.S.A.26:3D-55 et seq.) to permit State psychiatric hospitals and State developmental centers to prohibit smoking on their grounds, as long as a smoking cessation program is offered to employees, and patients and residents, as applicable.    

     These facilities would be required to initiate a smoking-cessation program one year prior to implementing the outdoor smoking ban; however, if a smoking cessation program was initiated prior to, and is in effect on, the effective date of the bill, smoking may be prohibited one year from the date of initiation of the program.  The smoking-cessation program would have to be offered as long as the smoking ban is in effect.  Under P.L.2005, c.383, smoking indoors in these facilities is already prohibited.

     Nothing in this bill is intended to prevent private psychiatric hospitals from also prohibiting smoking on their grounds.