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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach is the first beach town in North Carolina to ban smoking on the sand. Voters took to the polls and approved the ban that will likely go into full effect next spring by a margin of 65 percent for compared to just 35 percent against.

Earlier this year, Mayor david Cignotti said the town would first implement the ban through education before exercising the right to fine people who light up.

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29 Comments on "Wrightsville Beach approves state’s first beach smoking ban"

2015 years 9 months ago

I knew that when the WB legislators chose not to approve a smokefree beach policy when so many of the residents made it clear they wanted to go that route that their constituents would do the work themselves.

Well, congratulations. Job well done.

For those previous commenters who say they won’t go to WB anymore: Don’t let the sand hit you on the way out! For every nicotine addict who chooses to go elsewhere, there will be double the amount who will fill your spot on the beach. And they won’t be leaving the tiny toxic waste dumps that were previously left there by those who are destined to have a shortened life cycle.

Michelle C. Sherwood
2015 years 9 months ago

Really upset that this passed. Are you kidding me. What is wrong with the people of WB. I don’t live in Wilmington anymore but my mother still does. I go to WB every summer and lay out away from the pier and people and smoke always picking up my butts and other people’s as well. I think this is ridiculous now I may have to consider going to another beach in which will be farther to drive. So unfair……..

Ken Gregory
2015 years 9 months ago

Maybe while getting rid of the wrappers and plastic cups they can get rid of some of the true eyesores, obese people wearing thongs!Sounds fair to me!

May Kay
2015 years 9 months ago

GREAT!!!! Take your toxicating smoke and butts elsewhere!!!! WB doesn’t want you anyway!!!!!

Pompus Jerk
2015 years 9 months ago

Aren’t you the righteous one. Well I hope they ban your toxic plastic wrappers from the food you bring, or the plastic cups from the beer you drink on the beach you entitled jerk.


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