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Myrtle Beach, S.C., is known internationally for drawing tourists to its pristine beaches and quaint community. Now it will also be known for its newly minted Myrtle Beach vape ban.

City officials are taking action to keep a popular downtown area family friendly, stating that vaping and CBD oil products on display in retail locations along Ocean Blvd. is not the right message to send to visiting families.

Members of Myrtle Beach City Council voted 5-2 last Tuesday to ban smoke shops and products such as e-cigarettes and sexually explicit material along Ocean Blvd., from 6th Ave. South to 16th Ave. North.

Yes, they really just lumped vaping and CBD in with porn.

Opposing the “Ocean Boulevard Entertainment District Overlay” motion were councilmen Gregg Smith and Mike Lowder, according to myrtlebeachonline.com.

“If you want to change that boulevard, the number one thing is you change the behavior,” Lowder said. “That is our issue. So if you really want to go to work and clean up that boulevard, I‘ve been saying this now for nine years, aggressive, aggressive enforcement of our law.”

Aiming to create a family-friendly atmosphere, alternative nicotine, cannabis products, and vapor devices also are subject to the ban along the overlay district. The Myrtle Beach vape ban states products will have to be off stores’ shelves by Dec. 31, myrtlebeachonline.com reported.

Many businesses in the area participated in a pilot program over the summer and a majority approved of the clean-up measures, Mayor Brenda Bethune told myrtlebeachonline.com.

“We have to take control of what we’re offering, and when we say we want to make a family-friendly environment, we need to make sure every decision reflects that,” Bethune said.

The family first mantra always works politically.

With one zoned area set to be “cleaned up,” what is the next censorship move by Myrtle Beach city officials?

City-wide?

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