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For Release:
April 13, 2006

Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.

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Gretchen Michael

Commissioner Jacobs statement on smoking ban court ruling


“We are pleased with the decision by the federal court today which allows the Smoke-free Act to be implemented on April 15th.   This Act will go into effect at 12:01 am.


“This represents a great public health victory for the residents of New Jersey.  It is one of the most significant public health measures in our State’s history.  Banning smoking where people work, where they eat and drink, where they shop and where they gather to be entertained is clearly in the public interest.”


For more information on the Smoke-free Air Act go to .  Proposed rules are available as guidance on the web site. These proposed rules provide guidance on what indoor places are subject to the Act, exterior areas including distance from an interior non-smoking area which are subject to the act as well as places that are exempted from the Act.


Upon publication in the New Jersey Register, (week of May 15th) there will be a 60 day opportunity for public comment on the proposed rules. During that time the Department will accept comment on any of the proposed rules including definitions, prohibited smoking areas including the 25 foot setback from interior non-smoking areas, the process for cigar bar exemption, and the enforcement process.  The Department of Health and Senior Services will also hold a public hearing during the public comment period.  Following the public comment period, the Department will review the comments and prepare a final adoption for publication.

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