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Poll: Should Smoking Be Banned At Beaches?

State lawmakers are looking at banning smoking at the beach and other outdoor places. Do you agree with this?

It may still be winter, but local lawmakers are already taking a closer look at the health of beach-goers. 

Lawmakers are reviewing a proposal by state Rep. Richard Morrison to extend the state's smoking ban outdoors, reports The Providence Journal.

If approved, the ban would prevent smoking at beaches, parks, playgrounds and other outdoor, recreational locations. A vote on Morrison's proposal has not been scheduled at this time. 

According to Town Hall employees, there are no ordinances banning smoking at Portsmouth beaches, including Sandy Point Beach. 

We wanted to know what you thought about this state proposal. On Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page Wednesday, we asked users if smoking should be banned on beaches. 

Here are only a few of the comments posted: 

Yes I can hear people saying smokers have rights but so don't the rest of us that don't want to breath their smoke or have to move to another spot or leave the beach because we are allergic to the smoke or have young children with us that we don't want breathing their smoke — Claudette Souza Cottle

No it shouldn't we don't need more laws we need more liberty!! — Kevin Cottle

I don't thnk it needs to be a law, but people should respect beach rules if individual beaches choose to ban smoking. — Melinda Wardell Weldon

Yes or have a special spot they can smoke. — Claire Alba Arrico

What do you think about this issue? Should smoking be banned at the beach? Tell us your thoughts in the poll or comment section below. 

East side February 17, 2012 at 01:22 PM
INAPPROPRIATE PHOTO - shameful that this photo is used to discuss smoking. Is the undertone something else, say this girl was smoking would that change people opinion? Smoking in public places is going out slowly so if this law doesn't happen soon, it will happen in the future. Look at what has been done for smoking in bars.
Stanley Farak February 17, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Yes! Yes! Yes...and dispoable diapers and cans and bottles that can be left behind. and buckets of fried chicken, and fastfood and candy bars and fishing line (even on a reel) and plastic bags, CLOSE THE BEACHES!! THE HOLIER THAN THOU POLICE ARE COMING.
camille67 February 19, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Big Brother is Watching!!
camille67 February 19, 2012 at 04:06 AM
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!!! Does anyone remember that old adage?
Alan Corcoran February 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I want smoking banned from beaches because far too many smokers treat the beach like its a gigantic ash tray. Also, next time you are stopped at an intersection take a look at the ground and you'll notice hundreds of butts. Not cool!

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