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Rehoboth Beach could be the next Delaware beach town to ban smoking.

In Delaware, Rehoboth Beach could be the next seaside town in the First State to ban smoking, and proponents are pushing hard to ensure that the ban happens before the summer season.

Banning smoking has been brought up in Rehoboth Beach before, but the issue has always been like a can that's being kicked down the road, even as neighboring resorts like Dewey, Fenwick Island and Bethany Beach have all passed similar smoking bans in the past several years.

Opponents say banning smoking will isolate and turn away tourists who smoke, and turning away business is too risky. But now some Rehoboth residents feel like smokers are going to flock to their beach town this summer, because it's the only major vacation destination in Coastal Delaware where you can still smoke on the beach.

Grassroots resident petitions have led to public debates and now, a special meeting on the proposed smoking ban, is scheduled for March 10.

The proposal would ban smoking year round in Rehoboth, on the boardwalk on the beach and in parks.

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