Smoking Ban Guidelines

Attention: All Food Establishments & Taverns/Bars

New Tobacco Laws

Beginning April 15, 2006 the "New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act" (C.26:3D-58) will be in effect which prohibits smoking by anyone in any indoor public place or workplace. This includes but is not limited to all food establishments and taverns/bars.

This new law also requires that specific signage be posted at every public entrance to these establishments indicating smoking is prohibited.

"Smoking sections" will no longer be permitted. All establishments must now be "smoke-free" in accordance with this new State Law.

Owners and Managers of these establishments are responsible for ensuring compliance with this law. Failure to comply with this law will result in a summons and related court fines up to $1,000 for each violation.

Another new tobacco related law will be in effect on April 15, 2006 which prohibits the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 19 years of age.

For samples of required signage, access to individual technical assistance and additional information on the law, you can access
Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy phone 908-273-9368) and Smoke-free Air Act Initiative  (phone 609-984-3317).