Smoking to be banned on all guarded beaches in the Cape Cod National Seashore

Cape Cod National Seashore has received complaints about second-hand smoke on its beaches, the superintendent said.
By Frances Burns  |  June 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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EASTHAM, Mass., June 11 (UPI) -- Starting next week, smokers will be unable to light up on all beaches with lifeguards in the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts, officials said.

George E. Price Jr., the seashore's superintendent, said the prohibition takes effect June 19. Smoking will still be allowed outside guarded areas, although smokers are not allowed to litter the beach with cigarette butts.

Non-smokers have complained about being subjected to second-hand smoke, Price said. A number of town beaches on the Cape already ban smoking and some other federal beaches, like the Fire Island National Seashore in New York, have similar prohibitions.

The Cape Cod seashore includes six swimming beaches with lifeguards: Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach, Eastham; Marconi Beach, Wellfleet; Head of the Meadow Beach, Truro; and Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach, Provincetown. Lifeguards are on duty from late June to late August.

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