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Cape towns ban beach smoking

Mike Kelly could not have asked for a more beach-perfect day Friday, with a blazing sun and waves lapping quietly at the shore of Cape Cod Bay. But as he relaxed with his family under a blue umbrella, there was one pleasure the 63-year-old Bostonian knew he could not indulge here on Corporation Beach — lighting a cigarette.

The town of Dennis banned smoking on the beach last year, joining a growing number of Cape Cod towns fed up with fumes and litter. The most recent to prohibit puffing on the strand was Truro, which this year became the eighth of the Cape’s 15 towns to ban smoking at town beaches. And the Cape Cod National Seashore, which occupies a wide swath of the Cape’s ocean-facing forearm, outlawed smoking at six beaches last year.