Rhode Island may snuff out smoking on its public beaches
Measure meant to reduce litter, improve health
On a fall day in 2010 nearly 2,100 volunteers scoured Rhode Island’s beaches for litter. They carried off syringes, glass bottles and refrigerators - and 43,600 cigarette butts. A Rhode Island lawmaker is hoping to reduce the trash by making the Ocean State the first to ban smoking at all public beaches. State Representative Richard Morrison’s proposal would also apply to public parks, playgrounds, and pedestrian plazas.