Long Branch set to ban smoking on beach: SMOKE ON THE WATERFRONT | Cigarettes Blog

Friday, July 1, 2011

Long Branch set to ban smoking on beach: SMOKE ON THE WATERFRONT

The City Council tonight is expected to join several other Shore communities in declaring all its public beaches to be smoke-free.

In 2003, the city limited smoking to designated beachfront areas.

Since then, business at the city's beachfront has boomed, officials said, and as more and more people used the beaches, it became more and more difficult to isolate smokers or to enforce the limited ordinance.

Instead, on June 14, the council unanimously introduced a measure to make its entire public beach smoke-free and scheduled a public hearing tonight, after which the ordinance would be scheduled for final adoption.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in council chambers on the second floor of City Hall on Broadway.

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