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Smoking Ban on Beaches 

On Tuesday, the Maine senate voted to enact a bill that would ban smoking at state park beaches. The bill bans smoking on state beaches, as well as places where people commonly congregate together at state parks or other historic sites. It would apply only to areas within 20 feet of beaches, playgrounds, snack bars, group picnic shelters, enclosed areas, or public restrooms. The bill also requires the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to erect signs and help educate the public on the smoking ban. This bill has an emergency clause written into it, meaning that upon signature by the governor, it will be immediately enacted.