Iconic Cape Cod beaches in Massachusetts poised to ban smoking

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Beginning next week, all smoking at beaches in Cape Cod that are staffed and patrolled by life guards will be prohibited.

The ban comes on the heels of complaints from visitors and tourists who say the smoke constitutes air pollution, and they’re sick of seeing cigarette butts in the sand, according toReuters.

“The smoking prohibition is the result of a number of complaints from visitors who have been affected by second-hand smoke on the guarded beaches,” said George Price, park superintendent, in an issued statement.

The ban officially begins on June 19. Smokers can still light up in areas that aren’t actively patrolled by lifeguards, however.

An estimated 4.5 million tourists flock to the Cape Cod National Seashore each year, Reuters reported.

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