Whereas it has been conclusively shown that pollution in the form of discarded cigarettes pose a major threat to the integrity of the coastline in this state, every municipality bordering on such coastline may adopt rules and regulations for the establishment of adult designated smoking areas for the purpose of reducing such cigarette litter and pollution.
(P.L. 1997, ch. 132, § 1.)
Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-19
- Litter: means garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes, cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture, glass, or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature thrown, dropped, discarded, placed, or deposited by a person on public property, on private property not owned by the person, or in or on waters of the state, unless the person has:
(i) Been directed to do so by a public official as part of a litter collection drive;
(ii) Discarded, thrown, dropped, placed, or discarded the material in a litter receptacle in a manner that prevented the material from being carried away by the elements; or
(iii) Been issued a license or permit covering the material pursuant to chapters 18. See Rhode Island General Laws 37-15-3