By Brandon Longo

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) — It will soon be illegal to smoke on the beach in Ocean City.

The ban passed a second reading and public hearing unanimously during a council meeting on Thursday night.

Smoking is already banned on the boardwalk, recreational facilities, parks and playgrounds.

The new ordinance also bans the use of e-cigarettes on the beach.

Fines for violators would start at $100 for a first offense and reach $500-$1000 for second and subsequent offenses.

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A statewide ban is also being considered for all public beaches.