Wildwood and North Wildwood are the two latest shore communities to consider smoking bans.

If local ordinances pass in both communities, a smoking ban for about 38 blocks of boardwalk would take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, the Press of Atlantic City reported.

"The summer of 2017 is going to be an educational period," North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello told the paper. "We’re going to ask people to refrain from smoking this year and ... it will be banned for next year."
In addition to the health hazards, discarded cigarette butts present a fire risk.
Violators in Wildwood would face a fine of $1,000 or up to 90 days in jail. In North Wildwood, the fine would be $250, the newspaper reported.

The Wildwoods are not the first beach towns to take steps to prevent smokers from lighting up.

In March, Longport, just south of Atlantic City, banned smoking on its beachesBelmar, Cape May Point, Lavallette, Long Branch, Ocean City, Point Pleasant Borough, Rockaway, Seaside Park, Spring Lake, and Surf City also have smoking bans.

In 2016, Gov. Christie signed a smoking ban in 2016 for state parks such as Island Beach, but vetoed the part of the law that would have applied to counties and municipal beaches, leaving the decision up to local governments.