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Wrightsville Beach works on plan to enforce smoking ban on beach

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Last fall Wrightsville Beach became the first non-smoking beach in North Carolina. Now town leaders are deciding how to enforce the ban.

The town will post signs at all beach accesses, along with cigarette receptacles to prevent smoking before hitting the sand. Two beach ambassadors will also patrol the beach during the summer to educate tourists.

A lot of people said it is not really a matter of smoking or not smoking. It is a matter of littering.

"I don't think people should litter on the beaches," Carlissa Whitlatch said during a visit to Wrightsville Beach. "Even if it is cigarette ashes or cigarette smoke, it is still littering. And it takes a while to dissolve a cigarette ash."

Mayor David Cignotti says with a little education, folks will obey the law. He is also working with Wrightsville Beach School students to design no smoking signs that would add a softer touch to the new rule. It's an idea the town tried when enforcing cleaning up after dogs at the beach. Cignotti said it worked.

Ambassadors will warn people smoking on the beach until everyone gets used to the new rule. After that, the violation of the new beach ordinance will result in a fine up to $50.

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No smoking is freedom

Sitting next to crystal pier right now. I can smell all the tobacco being smoked within 1 mile upwind of us. My wife is 7 months pregnant, my mother in law has COPD and my mother is a lung cancer survivor. When the actions of a minority infringe on the health and comfort of a majority, that action should be at least discouraged but hopefully banned. I applaud wrightsville beach and their call to action that was demanded by the majority through a democratic process we love so much in America.

Seriously

You really think it takes a long time for a cigarette ash to decompose. Seriously. Real intelligent

It Should Have Said

It Should Have Said Cigarettes Butts Lmao.........That Is Litter

????

Ashes and smoke are litter? Seriously???

E Cigarettes Too???...

"A lot of people said it is not really a matter of smoking or not smoking. It is a matter of littering." (Unquote)

We shall see...because...If this rule goes for E Cigarettes too...then we will know it's a Control Freak project 100%. I personally agree with the litter issues...any kind of litter...and I don't even go over there. There's a place for garbage...the garbage can!
Have they even gone as far as address any rules against these electronic cigarettes on the beach?
Why don't you ask them WWAY and print their response. I'm willing to bet you that non smokers will get just as pissed with someone using an E Cig. as a real one.
What say'd Wrightsville B.???

lazy

That is a good question, but why didn't you spend the 30 seconds it just took me to google Wrightsville Beach Police, call them, and ask?

They said E-Cigs are fine, by the way. So is dipping and chewing nicotine gum.

"why didn't you spend the 30

"why didn't you spend the 30 seconds it just took me to google Wrightsville Beach Police, call them, and ask?"....

Because I don't give a Rats A**...just trying to drum up some encouragement from WWAY to do a full scale report...that's why!

Water line

It is a littering issues and not just cigarette butts. They need to enforce all the littering laws and the no alcohol law.

People just go stand in the water to smoke. Nothing they can do to you there...

I don't smoke, and don't

I don't smoke, and don't plan to start, but isn't this "The Nanny State" gone wild? Can't smoke outside? What's next, can't smoke in my own living room? Enough with the nanny state, please.

WELL SAID! This is a

WELL SAID! This is a ridiculous rule, Wrightsville Beach is about to lose a lot of locals if they actually enforce this. I'm going to Carolina Beach! Cheaper parking and I can light my cigarette at my leisure.

smoking

Mayor David Cignotti says "with a little education, folks will obey the law." What law? This law is unenforceable. And neither is the drinking law and the surf leash law. Get over it because its not happening until the legislature allows it to happen.

can they really

Can they really stop anyone from smoking while standing in the water??

Smoking ban

Just exactly how are these idiots going to force people to pay the $50.00 fine, this is joke.

All u need is an army of

All u need is an army of meddlesome large bellied men with small shillelaghs agreeing to work on commission.

"cigarette smoke, it is still littering"

I don't smoke and I won't ever set foot foot on WB again since WB instituted its storm trooper license plate scanning system, so I don't have a dog in this fight ... however ... when people like MS. Whitlatch start saying that cigarette smoke is "littering", it is patently obvious that the inmates are running the insane asylum. That is just too crazy for words.

Almost as crazy: Using this extreme nutbag as the sole quotable source, exclusive of the mayor, for a comment

Great ordinance

Sitting next to crystal pier right now. I can smell all the tobacco being smoked within 1 mile upwind of us. My wife is 7 months pregnant, my mother in law has COPD and my mother is a lung cancer survivor. When the actions of a minority infringe on the health and comfort of a majority, that action should be at least discouraged but hopefully banned. I applaud wrightsville beach and their call to action that was demanded by the majority through a democratic process we love so much in America.