All St. Mary’s County Parks and Museums Adopting Tobacco Free Policies Effective September 1, 2019

August 12, 2019

All St. Mary’s County Parks and Museums will adopt a tobacco free policy effective September 1, 2019. This policy includes smoking, vaping and any and all other nicotine products and applies to all who visit St. Mary’s County Parks. This policy does not apply to Wicomico Golf Shores Property.

The two-phase tobacco free resolution adopted by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County bans the use of tobacco products at parks and museums in September and on all county owned or leased buildings and properties beginning January 1st.

Additional details and resources regarding the tobacco free policy, including a link to free smoking cessation classes offered through the St. Mary’s County Health Department, are available online:

25 Responses to All St. Mary’s County Parks and Museums Adopting Tobacco Free Policies Effective September 1, 2019

  1. Anonymous on August 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

    So we can’t smoke outside in a park?

    • You know I'm Right on August 14, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Nothing good ever comes from smoking…ever.

    • Just stop on August 14, 2019 at 9:28 am

      Yes!!! This is long overdue.

      You are just as wrong now as when you were in highschool, and thought smoking was cool. It’s not. It stinks, you stink long after you do it, others smell it on your clothes and in your car…and the trash most of you leave behind is unacceptable. It impacts your physical abilities and enables you to get sick more easily/ often than non-smokers. And the cost!! Add up what you spend per month…per year! Some of you could afford a vacation…a car payment (!) if you stopped. Not to mention how much better you would feel. And that persistent ‘hack’ you live with would clear up.

  2. Anonymous on August 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    why is the golf club exempted?

    • Synonymous on August 13, 2019 at 4:13 am


  3. ed on August 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Where is my comment? Censoring?

  4. LaughingHard on August 12, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    What a bunch of knuckleheads with everything going on in this county they are worried about outside cigarette smoking? I guess a lame ass attempt is better than no attempt to make it appear to the voters that they are doing something worth while. Get off your butts, put the tax payers money to good use and clean the cesspool we call Lexington Park up!

    • Cough... on August 14, 2019 at 9:07 am

      Maybe if smokers were more courteuos of nonsmokers…and didn’t smoke right beside or upwind of them…and DIDN’T LITTER EVERYWHERE WITH THEIR BUTTS…they might be given a bit more leeway. But no, it’s all about smokers.

    • It's disgusting on August 14, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Can you smoke at a highschool track meet…a Blue Crabs baseball game? They are outside events. The majority of the public does not smoke, and does not enjoy being subjected to your nasty habit.

      • Anonymous on August 14, 2019 at 7:50 pm

        And quit wearing that disgusting skunk juice perfume/cologne that gags me on the elevators and causes my nose to clog.

  5. Anonymous on August 12, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    How can people dictate someone smoking outside!?!?! What is this world coming to? We have plenty of other stuff to worry about rather than someone smoking OUTSIDE!!!!

  6. Anonymous on August 12, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Spending money on banning smoking outside, while trying to legalize marijuana so the world can be full of burntouts!! Makes sense to me..said noone ever!

    • Anonymous on August 14, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Let’s ban parks and quit wasting money on them.

  7. Anonymous on August 13, 2019 at 4:24 am

    Seems like from last year’s news they should worry more about banning mob fights and people “of no fixed address”.

  8. None just a tax payer. on August 13, 2019 at 5:47 am

    There is room for everyone. Outside smoking should be allowed in parks. We pay taxes and should be able to enjoy the parks too. We have so many more important things to tend to then what adults are consuming. The food we are consuming are more toxic than a cigs. We are eating chemicals.

    • Joe on August 13, 2019 at 7:57 am

      You enjoy a privelege. This privelege is smoking. It is NOT a right. It’s not guaranteed by the Constitution. There is no “Smoker’s Bill of Rights” or “Smoker’s Amendment”. The growing of Tobacco is regulated. The sale of tobacco is taxed and regulated. Smoke at home, in your car, or designated areas away from people who don’t want to inhale your cancerous stank or the little ones that don’t deserve to be subjected to it. When your privelege infringes on my RIGHT to health and wellbeing then your privelege gets restricted.

      Maybe, just maybe, if smokers didn’t throw their trash out of their car windows while driving, stand around stinking up the entrances to buildings, discard their used butts onto the ground, and didn’t make themselves and those around them stink like ashtrays some leniency would be given. I can’t walk on a beach without seeing cig filters or cellophane wrap from packs of smokes. I can’t walk in a park without more of the same. I NEVER see a smoker picking up this trash. Why is that? Because generally, smokers have little regard for themselves and even less regard for others. Some smokers are considerate. In my experience they are the minority.

      BTW, if you don’t get upset when your elected leaders infringe on your actual rights don’t be surprised when they go after your priveleges.

      • George on August 13, 2019 at 8:32 am

        Well said Joe

      • Anonymous on August 13, 2019 at 2:25 pm

        My vape has zero nicotine. Why do I need a smoking cessation class when I’m not using ANY nicotine products?

        • Anonymous on August 14, 2019 at 7:44 pm

          Vaping isn’t safe, millions of people, especially teens have lung damage from vaping. There are chemicals in that also.

          • Anonymous on August 20, 2019 at 9:29 am

            Millions? Exaggerate the truth much?

            Teens are getting lung damage when using vape purchased off the street containing THC. Same as illegal drugs – stupid to purchase from those sources, you might be getting fentanyl or even worse.

        • Anonymous on August 15, 2019 at 8:01 pm

          Just anti-freeze.

          • Anonymous on August 20, 2019 at 9:26 am

            Fake news. Vape made in the U.S. does not have any more anti-freeze than French wine

      • Preach! on August 14, 2019 at 9:18 am

        Very well said!

  9. Azazel on August 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    There should be a ban on perfume, cologne, dogs, dairy products, peanuts, or anything else someone might be allergic to, or irritated by. We can call them snowflake laws.

  10. Anonymous on August 20, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Maryland State parks and museums do not have this restriction