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Wrightsville Beach Smoking Ban: One year later

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Wrightsville Beach is the first beach in North Carolina to ban smoking on the beach. Wrightsville Beach is the first beach in North Carolina to ban smoking on the beach.

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Wrightsville Beach is the first beach in North Carolina to ban smoking on the beach.

It became a smokeless beach in November 2012, and the town manager says it has been a positive experience.

"I think Wrightsville Beach became smokeless for several reasons, the experience of fresh air and also the experience it causes," said Tim Owens, Wrightsville Beach Town Manager, "It's been a pretty positive experience. We've found that the beach is a lot cleaner than it was in the past with cigarette butts."

Owens says that they have not had to write a ticket to date.  

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