While it won’t be a law, the beaches of Hampton, N.H. are being directed to be smoke-free by the town’s selectmen after residents overwhelmingly supported the idea at the recent Town Meeting.

The five member board was not expected to support the ban as three members had concerns about the ban’s enforceability as well as the additional strain it would place on the town’s police department. However, they felt that installing signage could at least help to curb smoking, according to a report by SeacoastOnline.com. Selectman Rick Griffin called it an action that would respect the will of the voters.

The signs will be installed at an as-yet-to-be-determined date over the summer.

Hampton is home to approximately 15,000 residents.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.