Recently, the state Assembly voted in favor of a smoking ban on public beaches. Why?

Is it because of fire? I don't think so. I've lived at the shore or near it my whole life and have never seen a fire in the sand.

Is it because of the litter? This could be one reason, but then I would think the brain trust in Trenton would address the litter issue.

Is it because of the dangers of secondhand smoke? Although this seems to be the most likely, I don't even think this is the real reason. If it were, then gasoline engines of all forms, and all other fossil-fuel-burning devices, would be outlawed. I am sure they put more carcinogens in the air then a cigar or cigarette.

No, I think this is another feel-good law that our legislators have decided is necessary so they look good in the eyes of their constituents. Not only is this a waste of their time, but it infringes upon our rights as citizens of this country. Contrary to some people's beliefs, "Big Brother" doesn't know what's best for everyone.

I am not a cigarette smoker, but I do enjoy the occasional cigar, and the beach is one of my favorite places to relax. I try to make sure I am not bothering anyone with the smoke, and I always place my butt in with the rest of my trash (even though a cigar is a totally natural product). I implore the Senate not to pass this legislation, and if it does, I hope the governor has the good sense to veto it.


Egg Harbor City


Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.