It may still be winter, but local lawmakers are already taking a closer look at the health of beach-goers.
Lawmakers are reviewing a proposal by state Rep. Richard Morrison to extend the state's smoking ban outdoors, reports The Providence Journal.
If approved, the ban would prevent smoking at beaches, parks, playgrounds and other outdoor, recreational locations. A vote on Morrison's proposal has not been scheduled at this time.
According to Town Hall employees, there are no ordinances banning smoking at Portsmouth beaches, including Sandy Point Beach.
We wanted to know what you thought about this state proposal. On Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page Wednesday, we asked users if smoking should be banned on beaches.
Here are only a few of the comments posted:
Yes I can hear people saying smokers have rights but so don't the rest of us that don't want to breath their smoke or have to move to another spot or leave the beach because we are allergic to the smoke or have young children with us that we don't want breathing their smoke — Claudette Souza Cottle
No it shouldn't we don't need more laws we need more liberty!! — Kevin Cottle
I don't thnk it needs to be a law, but people should respect beach rules if individual beaches choose to ban smoking. — Melinda Wardell Weldon
Yes or have a special spot they can smoke. — Claire Alba Arrico
What do you think about this issue? Should smoking be banned at the beach? Tell us your thoughts in the poll or comment section below.