Boardwalk smoking ban one step closer in OC -

Boardwalk smoking ban one step closer in OC

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OCEAN CITY - Smokers may soon be out of luck when it comes to lighting up on the Ocean City Boardwalk. 

City Council voted unanimously June 12th, on the first reading of an ordinance to ban the use of tobacco products on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Officials say the ban would include ramps and stairs leading up to the Boardwalk as well.

The current ordinance in place allows smokers to get their fix at one of the seven designated areas along the boardwalk, according to city ordinance 18-3.6.

City officials say the penalty for smoking on the Boardwalk would be the same as the penalty for smoking in any other smoke-free area in Ocean City: $100 - $250 for  first offense, $500 - $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

As for the smokers, Councilman Scott Ping tells NBC40 that during the June 12th meeting, they discussed the possibility of putting ashtrays at the end of ramps and near street ends.

The Boardwalk smoking ban will be on this Thursday's agenda. If the ordinance passes a second reading, the smoking ban could start being enforced near July 16th.

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