Beaches in Charlevoix County, Michigan could be tobacco free if the county’s board of commissioners votes in favor of a proposal Wednesday morning.

The county sits on the northwestern corner of the peninsula, with a pair of beaches on Lake Michigan. Litter is the primary motivator for the proposal, according to a report on

While county health officials and the parks department have endorsed the ban, the proposal’s passage doesn’t appear to be a sure thing, as Commissioner Chris Christensen said that while he supports it, he also worries about overregulation.

Should it pass, the next plan is to make all parks tobacco-free, though parks director Ross Maxwell didn’t give a timeline for when that proposal would be put forward.

Charlevoix County has a population of just over 26,000 residents as of 2013 census estimates.

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