Soon lighting up a cigarette on the beach in popular summer resort Ocean City, Maryland, may be banned as authorities plan to adopt a new anti-smoking law.
Annually around 8 million people visit Ocean City, reaching peak in summer time when most people come here for vacations. It means that during the summer months beaches are overcrowded.
Some members of Council of Ocean City say that the major aim of smoking ban on beaches is to protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke.
According to Ocean City Councilman Brent Ashley, tobacco smoke provided by cigarettes is quite disturbing to many people on the beach. He doesn’t like it personally. If the new smoking ban will be voted by Councilmen, smoking on the beach will soon be illegal and those who violate it will have to pay a fine.
Ashley told that people often do complain about secondhand smoke. They want to rest with their children on beach and don’t want to be exposed to secondhand smoke that proved to be hazardous for their health.
However, smokers are against ban saying that it goes too far. Also some business owners may oppose the smoking ban considering their business may be affected. However, Councilman Ashley is very optimistic here saying that smoke-free beach would attract even more tourists who lead a healthy lifestyle.
City Council will discuss the smoking ban the April 16 City Council work session.
In case smoking ban is approved, Ocean City would have to establish how police officers would implement the new ban. It should be noted that Delaware’s state beaches, Rehoboth, Dewey and Fenwick are already smoke-free.