Sacramento, CA — Citing health and wildfire risk, a bill passed in the California Senate that would ban smoking at California state parks and beaches.
SB 1333 was introduced by Democratic Senator Marty Block and would create a fine of $250 for anyone caught in violation. A similar bill passed through the California legislature in 2010 but it was vetoed by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Governor Jerry Brown has not yet weighed in on the bill, which still must be approved by the Assembly before arriving on his desk. Besides cigarettes, the bill would also ban medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes at those locations.
It is estimated that the bill would cost $1.1-million to implement as several signs would need to be posted at the state’s 280 parks and beaches. The bill has the backing of influential groups such as the American Lung Association, Sierra Club and the American Cancer Society.