SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban smoking on state parks and beaches starting next year under legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The law also bans disposing cigar and cigarette waste at
parks and beaches. Violations of the law will be punishable by a fine of
up to $25. Newsom, a Democrat, announced Friday he had signed the bill
It covers smoking traditional cigarettes as well as using electric smoking devices. Smoking will still be allowed in parking lots at beaches and parks. Film and television productions can still allow people to smoke on state property with the proper permits.
state Sen. Steve Glazer has been pushing such a ban for years, with
lawmakers approving it several times. But former Gov. Jerry Brown, a
fellow Democrat, repeatedly vetoed it.
“We have many rules telling us what we can and can’t do and these are wide open spaces,” he wrote last year.
Glazer has argued such a rule will protect public health and curtail pollution.
already prohibits smoking at child care centers, within 25 feet (7.6
meters) of farmers’ markets, in government buildings and on public
transportation. Cities and counties can also adopt their own smoking
California has roughly 280 state parks and 340 miles (547 kilometers) of coastline.
legislative analysis predicts it will cost the state parks system
nearly $2 million to put up more than 5,000 signs alerting people to the
ban and complying with various state regulations.
The law is
supported by many medical and environmental groups as well the cities of
Huntington Beach and Santa Monica. Many Republicans in the Legislature
voted against the measure.