Fresh Air, Clean Beach

Ocean City's smoke-free beach and Boardwalk are a testament to the town's commitment to providing a clean and healthy environment for its residents and visitors. Smoking is prohibited in all public spaces, including the beach and Boardwalk. 

  • The designated smoking areas, which are designed to accommodate both smokers and nonsmokers, feature 22-gallon waste receptacles and are located along the beach and 15 feet off the boardwalk.
  • Smoking must be contained within 15 feet of the waste receptacle in each designated smoking area.
  • The boardwalk is a smoke-free zone.
  • The smoking rules apply to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, and any other matter or substance that contains tobacco.

Click here to view a map of the designated smoking areas.

The environmental advantages of keeping these areas smoke-free are numerous. Cigarette butts are the most commonly littered item on beaches worldwide, and their presence can harm marine life and pollute the ocean. Furthermore, secondhand smoke can cause respiratory issues in both humans and animals, making it essential to keep the air smoke-free. By prohibiting smoking on the beach and Boardwalk, Ocean City helps reduce litter, prevent health problems, and ensure that the environment remains healthy and enjoyable for everyone.

Please keep in mind, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will not be responsible for enforcing the smoking rules. Safety is a top priority and their eyes will remain on the ocean at all times. Therefore, voluntary compliance is expected.

To view the complete ordinance, please click here.

Thank you for helping to keep Ocean City beautiful!