No Smoking At The Beach

By Margaret Lyons in News on Jun 18, 2008 4:45PM

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Photo by Joshua Mellin

The city will be issuing $500 tickets to people caught smoking on public beaches, so get your puffs in before you head to the lake. Chicago Park District superintendent Tim Mitchell says "people have been using North Avenue Beach as an ashtray. By leaving cigarette butts on the beach, that adds to the pollution of the lake, and that's our greatest natural resource." According to the Trib, 1.7 billion pounds of cigarette litter accumulate on the planet every year. [Trib, previously]