The Southampton Village board voted 5-0 for the ban. Merchants have six months to start using paper or reusable bags.
Loch Arbour’s leaders will decide next month whether the Monmouth County village of 194 residents should seek to merge with neighboring Allenhurst.
Mayor Ralph J. Kreitzman said the ban was enacted after officials got complaints about smokers standing outside stores in the village. He said the law will also benefit pedestrians who might have been subjected to second-hand smoke.