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July 31, 2012
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Letter to the Editor: Inclineand#8217;s beaches should be smoke-free

Regarding your article, “Lake Tahoe Hates Beach Butts”: Let’s have smoke-free beaches.

A sign that asks smokers “to not use public spaces as an ashtray” will not work. Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, yet our beaches are littered with butts and the butts are polluting the lake and probably poisoning our animals and fish. This is inexcusable, especially for a community that takes pride in protecting our environment.

The only solution to this hazardous, toxic, non-biodegradable, incendiary butt is for our IVGID Board of Trustees to pass a “Smoke-Free Beach” ordinance. This is a sensible thing to do for our community. There are 100 cities and municipalities in the U.S. — plus the entire state of Maine — that have smoke-free beaches (ref:

Why aren’t Incline Village’s three beaches on the list? They should be.

Leo Craft

Incline Village

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 31, 2012 11:53AM Published Jul 31, 2012 11:52AM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.