Complete Smoking Ban on Boardwalk Up for Vote in Ocean City

Complete Smoking Ban on Boardwalk Up for Vote in Ocean City


City Council on Thursday will consider the first reading of an ordinance change banning the use of tobacco products on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

A current ordinance restricts tobacco use to seven small smoking areas spread out across the length of the boardwalk.

The ordinance was passed in 2003 after a report attributed 19 small fires in a three-year period to smoking.

The amended ordinance would ban smoking on the entire boardwalk, including ramps and stairs, at all times.

First offenses would be punishable with fines of $100 to $250. Fines for subsequent offenses would be $500 to $1,000.

Councilman Scott Ping is the sponsor of the proposed ordinance.

Thursday’s City Council agenda also includes the second reading of an ordinance that would authorize the spending of $1.8 million to continue with the next phase of a multi-year boardwalk replacement project. The project calls for the use of southern yellow pine, but Councilman Mike DeVlieger asked for estimates on the use of tropical hardwood during the first reading of the ordinance on May 22. Read more.

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  1. I tend to hard line on most things but I think this is pretty dumb. Haven’t smoked in a few decades and my wife has been smoke free for 4 years…but here’s the deal… Smoking is a terrible addiction and the smokers are being castigated, made to feel like lepers. Wrong…hateful.

    Give them some dignity…like keeping a few area and pointing to them and looking at them as lepers. That make you feel good?

    Look in the a non smoker, you’re not superior, you’re simply a non smoker. And smokers aren’t lepers…next you’ll want them to wear bells so people can avoid them…

  2. Everyone, including the smokers, knows the dangers involved in smoking. They are all “Dangerfields” that get “no respect”, which is exactly what they deserve. My observation is that most who smoke, are likely to be of low IQ and really can’t afford the nasty habit. They have no respect for their health or the health of others.
    Come on people give up the butts and lets all go out and get —-!