The days may be numbered for smoking in Ocean City, Md.
Ocean City officials will be considering a move in the coming weeks that would ban smoking on the boardwalk and the beach.
Ocean City officials have been reluctant in the past few years to move forward with any sort of a ban on smoking under the pretext that doing so could hurt tourism, and turn away their smoking clientele.
But now that all of resort’s neighboring beaches in Coastal Delaware, including Rehoboth Beach, have banned smoking, City officials are starting to feel the pressure.
A recent editorial in the Baltimore Sun blasted the resort, saying, “The question is no longer whether tourist attractions are in danger of losing business if they ban smoking but whether they are in danger of losing attendance if they don’t.”
Ocean City officials apparently took that criticism and to heart, and inside sources say there is a better chance than ever before that the resort will ban smoking in some capacity on its beach and boardwalk sometime next month.