Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

Ocean City contemplates smokefree beaches

Ocean City, Md., is considering making its beaches smokefree, the Baltimore Sun reports.

A town resident brought the idea to the Council, saying that smoking on beaches doesn’t fit with the town’s family-friendly image. Now the Council will hold a hearing on the idea after the city’s Oct. 18 elections.

This may seem radical for the East Coast, but it’s really not that new an idea. Cities in California have been making their beaches smokefree for years. Beaches are also smokefree in Hawaii, Illinois (on Lake Michigan), Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan and Minnesota. Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights keeps a complete and updated list of cities with smokefree beach laws.

I can hear people now saying, “but it’s outside!” Yes, but boardwalks and beaches  get pretty crowded, and cigarette smoke lingers, which means everyone breathes the carcinogens. They shouldn’t have to.

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