10 Best U.S. Beaches Where Smoking is Banned from 10 Best U.S. Beaches Where Smoking is Banned

10 Best U.S. Beaches Where Smoking is Banned

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10 Best U.S. Beaches Where Smoking is Banned

According to Forbes, the number of U.S. beaches affected by smoking bans went from 0 in 1995 to 150 in 2010. And while the most commonly listed reasons for these outdoor bans—to protect nonsmokers from secondhand tobacco smoke, to protect wildlife from pollution and to shield children from the bad example of smoking—may not be supported by much scientific evidence the effects are continuing to set a precedence that seems to be catching on.

For example, when compiling his annual list of the best U.S. beaches this year, Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University (aka Dr. Beach), made a point of awarding extra points for beaches that have banned smoking.

Ultimately, most non-smoking beachgoers will agree that a visit to any shore is more enjoyable when sharing sand space with smokers isn’t an issue, and the following scenic shorelines are some of the best U.S. beaches that currently offer such a convenience.  

  

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