Portsmouth, R.I. to Debate Smoking Ban (Update)


It appears the third time is indeed a charm when it comes to getting a smoking ban on the Portsmouth Town Council agenda. After a pair of separate requests earlier this year, Town Councilman David M. Gleason asked for the item to be put on the Aug. 24 meeting agenda, which seeks to prohibit smoking on town beaches as well as in parks and sports fields.

Earlier this summer, Middletown, R.I. passed a smoking ban for its beaches.


Portsmouth is located in the southeastern corner of the state and home to just over 17,000 residents.

Update (Aug. 25, 2015) — The council voted unanimously to have the town’s lawyer draft up an ordinance that would ban smoking in the areas mentioned above. It is expected to be presented to the council for debate next month.

This story was originally published on Aug. 21.

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