Newport beaches and parks, and the historic Cliff Walk may soon become smoke-free. The Newport City Council has given a preliminary green light to a smoking ban.
Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano said the city council will likely give the smoking ban a final approval next month. She said most of the council members support the move, while a few others would like a compromise, such as designated smoking areas.
Napolitano said the benefit of a smoking ban on public beaches and in parks is two-fold.
“Having been a former smoker myself, you know, I understand the benefit of this [ban],” she said. “Smoking is not good. It’s not good for the environment and it’s not good for your health."
Napolitano said environmental groups have been asking for the ban. Cigarette butts are consistently the number one piece of litter collected during beach cleanups. The smoking ban would go into effect immediately if the city council approves it next month.
The town of Middletown is also considering a smoking ban on its beaches and parks.
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