Yesterday Newark, New Jersey mayor Ras Baraka signed a new ordinance banning smoking in all city parks, recreational facilities (including senior centers), and city owned vehicles. Â Mayor Baraka says that this ban is to protect children from smoking stating:
“Our young people are victimized by this…even though they don’t smoke.” Â
The new law also increased the smoking distance from these places from 25ft to 50ft. Â The ordinance also includes vapor devices and hookah. Â Newark, NJ has a high crime rate and was named the 6th most dangerous U.S. city in 2013. Â Political corruption also seems to be rampant in Newark with five of the last seven mayors being indicted on criminal charges. Â This new ordinance brings more affirmation to our stance that cigar enthusiasts need to know their elected officials agendas and vote appropriately!