The air just got a bit fresher at Truro beaches. Tuesday night, during the annual town meeting, Truro residents approved a ban on smoking at town-owned beaches. Article 19 of the warrant called for an amendment to the town's general bylaws. The vote was 112 for the ban, 101 opposed, according to Cynthia Slade, Truro Town Clerk.
The current bylaw (Chapter III Public Health Section 5, subsection 3-5-1) read "Smoking shall be prohibited on all public places as provided in MGL ch. 270, s. 22". The amendment added the terms "and on all town-owned beaches".
The ban was requested by the Truro Beach Commission and Board of Selectment. Both bodies were unanimous in their support of the ban. The ban was suggested to eliminate cigarette butts and "other smoking waste" on the beaches.
The amendment to the Truro bylaws does not indicate if the smoking ban at the beaches is limited to just tobacco products or includes marijuana or other non-tobacco products. The state law does include tobacco products and non-tobacco products "designed to be combusted and inhaled".
The latest the beach smoking ban will go into effect is in 120 days, Slade said in an email.
In June 2014, the Cape Cod National Seashore banned smoking at their six guarded beaches.