Smoking Ban

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8:13 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Wilmington City Council Rejects Smoking Ban Ordinance


The Wilmington City Council has decided not to ban smoking in all parks, playgrounds and covered bus stops in the city.

The vote was 6 nays and 5 yeas.

Several council members argued that the ordinance infringed on a personal freedom.

Other towns – especially along coastal Delaware – have banned smoking in parks and beaches.

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7:56 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Lewes Ponders Smoking Ban Expansion

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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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10:24 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Smoking Ban Expands in Rehoboth Beach Beginning Today


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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9:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

No Smoking Signs Go Up in Rehoboth Beach


Rehoboth Beach is gearing up to enforce its no smoking ban with 170 signs to be place along the Boardwalk and in city parks.

In addition, there will be certain locations along the beach where smoking will be allowed.

Commissioner Stan Mills told the Wilmington News Journal that he expected the effort will cost $31-thousand with nearly half paid for by the state of Delaware.

There will also be a web page where visitors can find out where the smoking and non-smoking areas are with a brief explanation of the decision to limit smoking in the resort.

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11:46 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Bans Smoking on Boardwalk and in City Parks


There will be no more smoking on the boardwalk or bandstand, or city parks in Rehoboth Beach beginning May 15th.

In addition, smoking with be limited to designated areas on the beach.

The Rehoboth Beach Commissioners and mayor voted for the ban during a special Monday meeting.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Commissioner Stan Mills said the ban was aimed at reducing litter, pollution and health risks.

The ban will not include e-cigarettes.


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9:07 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Petition to Ban Smoking on Beaches in Rehoboth


There’s a petition drive underway in Rehoboth Beach to ban smoking on the beach.

Currently, the resort allows smoking both on the beach and the boardwalk but not in its parks or playgrounds.

Steven Curson is collecting the signatures and he told the Salisbury Daily Times that 90 percent of what’s found on the beach when it is cleaned up are cigarette butts.

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8:58 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Dewey Beach Moves Toward Beach Smoking Ban


DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Dewey Beach officials are moving toward banning smoking on the town's beaches and in municipal parks.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the Town Council decided Saturday to draft an amendment to the municipal code that would ban smoking in those locations. The town manager will draft the language, which should be ready for a vote before the May council meeting.

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10:03 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Smoking Ban on Beaches Considered in Dewey Beach


DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Officials in Dewey Beach are considering banning smoking on the beach.

Mayor Diane Hanson tells The News Journal many people have requested a smoking ban. If it passes, Dewey would become Delaware's fifth coastal town to restrict smoking.

Fenwick Island enacted a smoking ban earlier this year. Bethany Beach and the state parks also bar smoking on the beach. In Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, smoking is banned in parks and playgrounds.

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12:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Ban on Smoking on Beaches and Parks in Fenwick Island

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FENWICK ISLAND, Del. (AP) - Town officials in Fenwick Island say they are working to let residents and visitors know that smoking is now banned on the beach and in town parks.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the town has been awarded nearly $10,000 by the American Lung Association for signs, brochures, enforcement and education. Town officials say they are also considering adding a bicycle officer to help residents and visitors become accustomed to the ban.

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11:39 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Ban on Smoking Near New Castle County Offices Lifted

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County has reversed a ban that prohibited smoking near three office complexes where most of the county's 1,400 employees work.

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9:09 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ten Year Anniversary of Delaware's In-Door Smoking Ban

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Delaware's ban on indoor smoking in public places.

Delaware's Clean Indoor Air Act took effect on Nov. 27, 2002, making Delaware the second state, after California, to pass a law against smoking in indoor workplaces and public places.

The law banned indoor smoking at workplaces, healthcare facilities, public and nonpublic schools, restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, theaters, auditoriums, casinos, and 75 percent of hotel rooms.

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2:53 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Maryland Closer to Vehicle Smoking Ban



     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland residents would not be able to smoke in a vehicle with a passenger younger than 8, under a measure that has received preliminary approval in the state Senate.

     The Senate blocked two amendments Monday night that were offered by Sen. Edward Reilly, R-Anne Arundel.

     Reilly tried to change the bill so a violation of the law would be a secondary, rather than a primary, offense. As a primary offense, a police officer would be able to pull someone over for the offense.

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