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Residents voice opinions on smoking ban at Carolina Beach

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CAROLINA BEACH (WWAY) -- Should smoking be snuffed out at Carolina Beach? That's what town leaders asked the public Tuesday night.

"I can tell you that my e-mail and voicemails have been flooded with both pros and cons," Mayor Pro Tem Steve Shuttleworth said.

Several concerned citizens took to the podium to voice why they support or oppose a ban on the beach.

"Cigarette butts are litter, and they're ingested by turtles, fish, dolphins and even whales," Carolina Beach resident Scott Veals said.

The issue of the butts being left behind is what fueled the passion of some of Tuesday's speakers.

Kevin Murphy owns Odysea Surf School. He says he's standing up for the children on the beach.

"All the children in this entire state would love to see a ban, and I have a lot of passion for it, because they really want it banned," Murphy said.

One resident said he opposes the ban because he says he doesn't want government telling him what he can and can't do.

The council is reviewing Wrightsville Beach's efforts to put a ban up to a vote of the people. Shuttleworth said after today, leaders hope to have a better idea of what residents want in their town.

"People are saying that it's over-regulation, we don't need regulation, and other people saying it's a health issue and it's a trash issue," Shuttleworth said. "Those are the things we want to hear from the citizens about and make a decision if it's something we do want to move forward with or not move forward with."

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The war on tobacco is crazy.

The war on tobacco is crazy. I don't smoke, never have, and I'm sick of it already. Live and let live people. Mind your own business.

This is very simple......

This is very simple...... Just outlaw filtered cigarettes. Then everyone can continue to enjoy their filterless Pall Malls, Chesterfields, Lucky Strikes and rolling their own. Problem solved.

Smoking Ban

IT ISN'T THE GOVERNMENT TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO, IT IS ME, AND ALL OF US, TELLING YOU TO STOP YOUR FILTY HABIT, STOP THROWING YOUR BUTTS ON THE GROUND. Nuff said...

who are you to tell someone

who are you to tell someone what they can and can't do? We have a littering law people...enforce it. That's what the root of this ban is...I don't like people eating potato chips on the beach and their bags flying away, but that's not going to get banned. Wake up! We are losing rights everyday thanks to self-righteous ignorance.

Get it all.....

Why just stop with cigarette butts? Why don't you go ahead and stop the candy wrappers, the bottles of water, the sippy straws, the kid's drink boxes, suntan bottles, etc? In other words, the problem is LITTER not whether or not one is smoking. There's a dog clean up ordinance - people still don't clean up behind their dogs. There's a litter ordinance - people still don't pick up behind themselves. I know, let's close the island completely to all the tourists that are causing this problem - because those of us that live here have enough sense not to litter, regardless of the item.

Banning smoking on the beach

I am tired of hearing baout the government taking over.........they already do and we can't stop that. However, my issue is for several reasons...
1. litter - there is nothing worse than relaxing at the beach, putting your toes in the sand and kicking up butts or watching your little ones digging holes and coming up with shovels of cigarette butts
2.health concerns - second hand smoke has already been established as being dangerous. I do NOT want to have to move from my spot at the beach because someone parks next to me and starts smoking and the smoke always blows my way
3. Cigarette butts is the number one item collected at beach cleanups....our beaches are clean and inviting otherwise
4. Damages to our marine life

smoking

What the world are ya'll trying to do? What's next...making our women wear bras on the boardwalk? Everybody at CB smokes, and we drink, and we dip...this is the South- thats what we do! Leave us alone, go back up North, and quit ruining my life!

Speak for yourself smoker...

..as you are totally wrong! NOT evertyone smokes at Carolina Beach anymore as most of you are gone. As an ex-smoker, I detest an anti-smoking nazi, but the filthy habits of leaving your trashy butts on the beach is an outward sign of backwoods ignorance! I used to use ashtrays and garbage cans for my butts. I grew up in the South and was taught not to litter. What happened to you?

I have seen groups leave piles of butts next to ther chairs as they exited their beach for the day and was threatend with a severe beating when I asksd them to pick them up. Ignorant, trashy, low-class jerks. I've had lit cigerettes get flipped into my jacket while on my motorcycle from drivers that for some odd reason didn't understand what an ash tray was for. Nice!

So here's the bottom line Dirty Chunky drunk. If you had enough common class about yourself to know where to deposit your trashy, stinking butts, most people wouldn't give a rat's pudendum if you smoked on the beach or not. But, then again if you had such class, you probably wouldn't be uncontrollably inhaling particulates to purposely kill your lungs either. It doesn't really matter where you're from, low-class stupid is still low-class stupid.

Forget the whales dolphins and children

I pay for that beach and when I'm there I don't want to be having to move every five minutes because some goober decides to lite up a "Cowboy" 10 feet away up wind.
Some complain about Government intrusion into their lives, Well that intrusion comes because you want to" exercise your rights" to do what ever you want without regard to the rights of others.

FORGET THE WHALES

YOU DON'T PAY FOR THE BEACH. YOU PAY FOR THE PLACE YOU STAY AT. EVERYBODY THAT LIVES ON THE BEACH PAYS THE TAXES. I,M A NON-SMOKER AND WE,V BEEN TO KURE BEACH SEVERAL TIMES A YEAR AND WE HAVEN'T DUG OR KICKED UP ANY BUTTS AND WE HAVEN'T BEEN DRIVEN OFF BY A BUNCH OF SMOKERS.DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO MOVE EVERY 5 MINS. BECAUSE OF A SMOKER OUT IN THE OPEN AIR? WITH THE WIND BLOWING? IF IT MAKES YOU SO MISERABLE,? WHY GO? GO TO ANOTHER AREA INSTEAD OF MOVING EVERY 5 MINS.

maybe i am wrong, but i

maybe i am wrong, but i think littering is already illegal.... and after all, a "new" regulation like this is only designed to create revenue via tickets..... do your job, and stop smoker from tossing butts on the beach.. it is not even hard.. just pull up and look down... if butts give ticket and move to next site..... you guys are gonna loose all control over the situation if you don't stop.... take it from me, averageJoe, we are on to this game of freedom snatching.....

Make up your minds

It's amazing how people do not want the government coming in and changing their Social Security with slogans like "KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY SOCIAL SECURITY" or "KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY MEDICARE" because they feel it is an over step by the government and yet they claim a town should pass an ordinance that prohibits others from smoking on what is deemed to be a "Public Beach".

Simply put, keep government from pressing forward in places you don't want them but it is Ok for them to regulate something you don't like. I am not defending anyones right to smoke or have a smoke free beach or making any claim they are wrong about butts being unsightly and often times ingested by turtles. I'm simply trying to show where we need to decide what we want from our government. We can't have it both ways.