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Smoking Ban Taking Effect For Cape Cod Seashore Beaches

Smokers will be banned from lighting up at guarded National Park Service beaches.

Beachgoers respite at Herring Cove in Provincetown (Source: Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/William DeSousa-Mauk)
Beachgoers respite at Herring Cove in Provincetown (Source: Flickr/Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/William DeSousa-Mauk)

Headed to Cape Cod for some sun and, perhaps, a little R&R this summer? Well, if you’re a smoker you’ll want to forget about that pack of cigarettes.

A clean air ordinance takes effect June 19 for all six guarded National Park Service beaches of the Cape Cod Seashore. This means smoking and its by-product secondhand smoke will be banned at Coast Guard and Nauset Light beaches in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, and Race Point and Herring Cove beaches at the cape’s end in Provincetown.

Secondhand smoke has been the biggest complaint by beachgoers, which led to the call for the ban, Cape Cod Day reports.

Any smokers headed to one of these beaches and in need of a cig break will have to do that beyond the guarded areas of all named beachfronts.

Superintendent of Cape Cod National Seashore George Price was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

What do you think of the smoking ban? Voice your opinion and vote in our Patch poll:

Chris Daley June 11, 2014 at 03:18 PM
You can take Salem out of the country but you can't take the country out of Salem, or Winston, Lucky Strike, Camel or Marlboro! The cigarette butts are definitely a no, but I support people's right to a smoke. I could think of a lot other things to ban around here-how about belligerent driving or unaffordable housing masked as affordable? There's more to a White Owl than just smoke. And pot legal in Colorado, coming here next?
Nelson Gomes June 11, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Everyone hates cigarette smoke , bit if every smoker quit tomorrow where would the federal and state government get all those tax dollars??
Brookline's Finest June 12, 2014 at 09:12 AM
I support people's right to smoke, but here's the thing: I also support people's right to stuff their pockets with rotten tuna and feces. This said, if five inconsiderate jerks sit down next to me at the beach with their pockets full of tuna and feces, and ruin my family's lunch with the smell, I will, even if it is theoretically their right to be there, ask them to move. It's time to agree, as a community, that smoke is an imposition for most people, and therefore has no place in public venues.
Tyler Jozefowicz June 18, 2014 at 12:27 PM
If I had my way, cancer sticks would be completely banned for health reasons , nothing to do with "freedom". If that were the case , everyone could shoot heroin. Someone mentions tax revenue above? The Medicare/Medicaid health costs that you pay are far greater than cigarette tax revenue. You can't even get a listing of the cigarette ingredients on the package. Tobacco companies knew they caused cancer, heart attacks, emphizema, turn the lungs black , not pink, for 40 years and lied to everyone. Banned from office buildings, beaches, restaurants, schools, municipal bldgs, hospitals, airplanes, sporting events, churches. Get it now?

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