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Smoking Restrictions Finalized in Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Smoking beachgoers will have to think twice about where they light up this summer in Ocean City.

New smoking restrictions were put in place this week in the Maryland resort town. Under the new law, designated smoking areas will be put in place effective May 1. 

Tucker Cordial enjoys spending time at the beach with his family and friends. He said the smell of smoke can be a bit bothersome, so he is happy about the new law.

 "The smell is not very nice," Tucker said.

In a 5-0 vote, Ocean City Council members approved legislation to ban smoking or vaping, from e-cigarettes, outside of specific areas. Smokers will have to stay within 15 feet of the designated area that will be equipped with ashtrays. Most of the locations with restrictions will be along the back of the beach. Smoking at public parks, bus stops or within 15 feet of one will be illegal as well.

Stefon Haggins of Salisbury is a smoker, but understands the importance of protecting the public from involuntary exposure.

"That's not bad because a lot people can't take cigarette smoke, or like cigarette smoke," Haggins said.

Some people against the legislation tell WBOC they should have the right to smoke anywhere.

Violators who choose not to follow the rules could face a $500 fine.

Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach in Delaware have similar smoking restrictions. 

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