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Please ban the smoking of conventional cigarettes on the beach

Dear Editor,
Now that electronic cigarettes offer an alternative to smoking the real thing, please ban the smoking of conventional cigarettes on the beach for those of us who appreciate the smell of clean, fresh ocean air. In my opinion, there’s nothing more disgusting than smelling and breathing someone’s second hand smoke from 50 yards up the beach.
Smoker’s, I understand it’s your right to smoke but it’s also my right to breathe fresh air and the fact that you’re smoking outdoors doesn’t mean that nonsmokers are totally unaware of your habit.
Electronic cigarettes are a great compromise for this issue and will also eliminate those nasty cigarette butts that some smokers choose to leave behind, albeit burred in the sand.
The dogs got kicked off the beach for what they leave behind but at least their waste is totally biodegradable and in my opinion, less offensive smelling than cigarette smoke.
This letter will no doubt draw scowl from the smokers who think nonsmokers desire another Wrightsville Beach but I’m not asking that your privilege to smoke be taken away, just altered so it’s not offensive to those of us who don’t share your love for smoking.
Thank you!
Rance Moore,
Wilmington, NC