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Don Rush

Lewes is looking at joining a number of coastal resorts in dramatically expanding its restrictions on smoking.

At a September session Council member Bonnie Osler proposed that a smoking ban should be expanded from the city parks to include restrooms and guard beaches.

She noted that Rehoboth had recently limited smoking to certain designated locations along the beach.

Action on the proposal is not expected until the council’s October 6th meeting.

In August the Ocean City Town Council voted to limit smoking to designated areas.

   

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It looks like designated smoking and non-smoking areas will be coming to Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach.

While the ordinance is still to be drafted town spokesperson Jessica Waters told WMDT that the measure will go into effect on May 1st of next year.

A report by the Planning and Zoning committee has recommended a potential set of fines ranging from $25 to $1-thousand.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A hospital in Maryland's capital city will stop hiring people who smoke.

Anne Arundel Medical Center said in a news release posted on its website Thursday that beginning July 1, 2015, the hospital will no longer hire nicotine users.

The hospital also said tobacco use, including e-cigarettes will be banned anywhere on its campuses starting next month.

The hospital system, with its main facility in Annapolis and other facilities in Bowie, Kent Island, Odenton, Pasadena and Gambrills, employs more than 4,000 people.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A wider smoking ban is going into effect in Rehoboth Beach.

Starting Thursday, smoking is now prohibited year round on the boardwalk and beaches. The ban applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any other matter or substance that contains tobacco. There are designated smoking areas where smoking will be allowed. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Health advocates are starting a campaign to make each General Assembly candidate take a stance on a proposal to raise the cigarette tax from $2 a pack to $3.

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative plans to send a letter to every candidate, asking them to sign a statement in support of the tax hike. The group will publish a list of the supporters before June's primary election.