Cape Cod Beaches Ban Smoking at Lifeguard Protected Areas
Cape Cod announced they will ban smoking at all lifeguard-protected areas beginning next week, a move that officials said followed complaints from visitors to the popular resort area.
"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," park Superintendent George Price said in a statement late on Tuesday.
The statement also noted that smoking has been banned at other national parks, including Fire Island National Seashore.
The ban will take effect on June 19 at all six Cape Cod National Seashore guarded beaches, but smoking will still be allowed in outdoor spaces not protected by lifeguards.
The six Cape Cod National Seashore beaches are: Coast Guard Beach and Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro and Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.
About 4.5 million people visit the Cape Cod National Seashore each year, according to the local Chamber of Commerce.