Recently, the U.S. Virgin Island has banned smoking on all beaches that are within the national park system. Many places like restaurants and parks are starting to initiate this ban all together. National Parks should mean no less and smoking should be banned in all of them.
Smoke Ban on St. John
It’s no surprise that St. John USVI initiated this ban and set it in place in 2013. National Parks should be respected and no smoking should occur in them. It’s essential to preserve the forests and rain forests we have now and smoking can only damage them. The ban covers cigars, pipes, and cigarettes and is enforced from within 50 feet of the shoreline. All 12 of the protected beaches are under this ban on the US Virgin Island. However, the park rangers were not handing out citations just yet because they wanted to educate the people before just giving citations.
The ban was pushed through to help reduce the number of cigarette butts on the beach and secondhand smoke. If you haven’t been to your vacation rental in a few years and want to get away, remember this ban is in place. It’s a good ban but might result in smoking occurring in other places. If you’re looking to go to a new place, St. John may be it for you. And if you aren’t a fan of smoking, then this may be the place for you.