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Lawmakers considering smoking ban at NH beaches

Publication Date: 12/6/2009
  • Author:Norma Love
  • Publication:Boston Globe

State Rep. Judith Day has filed legislation to ban smoking on beaches in New Hampshire's 23 state parks, an idea she got from neighboring Maine, which this year became the first state to ban smoking on its beaches.

The Maine law's sponsor, Sen. John Nutting, said a mother's complaint prompted the ban...

Another seacoast Democrat, Susan Kepner of Hampton, has filed a similar bill -- but hers also proposes a ban on outdoor smoking in public areas of state parks, such as picnic areas.

"So much of our economy is driven through and around with our state parks and being outside," Kepner said. "They're healthy things. This to me is just part of helping New Hampshire residents and guests be healthy."