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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Another area beach town is considering snuffing smoking on the sand. The Town of Carolina Beach wants public input next week on whether to ban smoking on the beach.

Folks we spoke with have mixed feelings.

“I don’t think we should be Gestapo,” said Lou Belo, who is against a smoking ban on the beach. “It’s outside, it’s no problem, if people would only clean up after themselves.

“I’m not a smoker, but I’d support it,” Keith Hargrave said. “I mean, I walk up and down the beach. You can look in the sand right here there’s cigarette butts all over the place. People don’t respect the rules.”

The town council will hold a public hearing on a possible smoking ban at the beach during its next meeting Tuesday.

Debate over a smoking ban at the beach is nothing new. In november, Wrightsville Beach residents will have a chance to vote yea or nay for a smoking ban along their shores.

Carolina Beach Councilman Lonnie Lashley put the item on next week’s agenda after getting several complaints from residents. He would not talk to us on camera, but he says it has nothing to do with Wrightsville Beach.

Reactions to the debate were mixed at Carolina Beach, but one woman had an interesting viewpoint.

“It would be great,” Sheila Siebert said. “Even though I smoke.”

Siebert has smoked for years. She feels a ban at beach would help clean up both the air and water.

“I’m trying to kick the habit,” she said. “I’m working toward it, and I know it’s not healthy for none of us.”

The public can give their feedback during the town council meeting Tuesday night. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Carolina Beach Town Hall.

In the “Request for Town Council Action,” Town Manager Tim Owens suggests the town attorney determine if the town has the authority to impose a smoking ban on the beach under state law. He also writes that council need to figure out ho such a ban would be enforced.

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41 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Reactions mixed as Carolina Beach considers smoking ban on beach"

frank walker
2015 years 9 months ago

smokers rights,sorry i mean all of our rights,liberty and freedoms are little by little being taken by pompous people who think everybody else is suppose to be like them and impose their ways of thinking on everyone else.thank god not everybody is alike.i dont mess with you,dont mess with me.id dare to say that if you can smell cigarette smoke in the air,outside on a clear breezy carolina beach day,you have problems much worse than my smoking a cigarette.

2015 years 9 months ago

And your “life liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is more important than non-smokers? You are more important than innocent children breathing your toxins? When you can keep your intentionally generated pollutants out of my lungs, and lungs of my children, then you can smoke all you want. We have as much right to be there as you do. And our “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” means we get to breathe the clean ocean air.

Guest A
2015 years 9 months ago

There are no smoking bans currently on NC Beaches. I do not understand why you say there is intolerance. And studies show, smoke-free beaches enjoy increases in revenue because families are requesting more and more smoke-free areas for their kids to play.

Guest A
2015 years 9 months ago

Cigarette smoking is dangerous to children and others, no matter how you try to justify it. Non-smokers have rights and as soon as smokers learn to contain their smoke, then by all means… puff away. But as soon as the smoke leaves your cigarette, it is pollution that can effect others. To say otherwise shows how little regard you have for others’ LIFE… not to mention, Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness.

If you want to smoke on the beach, you might as well take all the kids from the elementary school and pick about three of them and say… you, you and you don’t matter…. asthma, can’t breathe well because of my smoke… who cares? I don’t.

In addition, the life guards deserve a smoke-free work environment. My son is a life guard and he is constantly annoyed because he is having to breathe cigarette smoke. Its a distraction. Plus, when it comes to having to go on a rescue, they will be able to hold their breath longer without taking in a big huff of smoke before they dive in…. think about it. You want someone going on a rescue with distressed lungs from your smoke? Seriously? Have some regard for someone other than yourself.

2015 years 9 months ago

If you don’t like how things are done, then you are welcome to stay away.


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