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Ocean City officials are considering a smoking ban for the coastal town. Mayor Rick Meehan pitched the idea during a discussion about increasing the number of smoking receptacles in the resort, particularly along the boardwalk.

Representatives from the local Surfrider Foundation told the mayor and council that cigarette butts are far and away the largest pollutants of the city's beaches.

Meehan says he believes the rest of the country is trending in a non-smoking direction and it might be the time to seriously consider banning smoking on Ocean City's 10 miles of sandy beach.

However, a few councilmembers were a bit hesitant, saying that if the town wants to ban smoking, it should start by prohibiting it certain areas, or maybe just in the summer months.

One example is in Bethany Beach, Dela., which has had a smoking ban in effect from May to September since 2008.


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