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Belmar bans smoking on beach, boardwalk

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BELMAR, N.J. (AP) - Belmar is the latest Jersey shore town to ban smoking on its beaches and boardwalk.

The year-round ban will take effect on Memorial Day weekend.

The town had previously allowed smoking in designated areas.

Mayor Matt Doherty tells the Asbury Park Press that didn't work because smokers would leave cigarette butts behind in the sand and the breeze would carry the smoke to others.

Violators will face a $25 fine.

The ban does not include electric cigarettes.

A bill that would ban smoking on all public beaches and parks in the state has cleared the Assembly and awaits a vote in the state Senate.

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