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Petition for Smoking Ban in Rehoboth Beach Has Mixed Reaction

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REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - Lighting up a cigarette might be breaking the law down the road, as one man has been circulating a petition to ban smoking on the beach and boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach.

Steven Curson, of Rehoboth Beach has been walking along the boardwalk, gathering signatures to try and put an end to smoking in the area. Curson has received more than 100 signatures already, and this list continues to grow. Although when WBOC spoke to people on the boardwalk Monday, there was a mixed bag as far as reaction to the petition.

Zac Sizemore was sitting on a bench on the boardwalk looking out at the ocean. In his hand, he was holding a cigarette. Sizemore said he was enjoying the cigarette during his break from his job at Candy Kitchen on the boardwalk.  

"This would ruin my work breaks," he said as he took a puff. "I would not be able to come out here and sit out and enjoy the sites around me while smoking. And you know, it eases the stress from working."

Others though weren't so negative about the idea of a ban. Davey Magruder played with his two children on the beach. He said those kids are two very good reasons to place a ban.

"I have two impressionable kids," he said. "I never want any bad health issues to surround them, especially involuntarily like cigarettes do."

This was the fundamental influence for Curson, who said the battle against smoking was personal for him. His mother died of lung cancer, and his grandmother from ephysema. On top of the health issues, many on the boardwalk said the action would also lower the amount of cigarette butts on the beach.  

There are similar bans in neighboring places like Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, and Fenwick Islands. However, many smokers such as Brain Healy said that putting a ban in Rehoboth would be taking it too far.

"I think it's a bit overkill being that it's an outside environment," he said. "I can see it on the beach but on the boardwalk -- no."

The petition will be submitted to town leaders of Rehoboth Beach in January, according to Curson.

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