Smoking banned at Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches

Ban at guarded beaches goes into effect on June 19
Smoking will be banned at Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches beginning June 19. Photo by Jane Booth.

If you are looking to light up at a Cape Cod National Seashore beach, you are no longer in luck. The Cape Cod National Seashore (CCNS) announced Tuesday that smoking will be prohibited at the six guarded beaches in the national park.

The smoking ban goes into effect on Thursday, June 19, according to a CCNS release.

Superintendent George Price has the discretionary authority to establish such a ban.

The ban comes after several complaints from visitors who claim to have been affected by second hand smoke at a Cape Cod National Seashore beach, the release said.

The ban will be in place at the six Seashore beaches (Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Light Beach, Marconi Beach, Head of the Meadow Beach, Race Point Beach and Herring Cove Beach).

Seashore visitors who wish to smoke may still do so "outside of the guarded beach area", according to the release. Smokers are asked to take any smoking "remnants" with them as trash.

Many Cape Cod beaches and National Park beaches across the country also prohibit smoking. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on