Calif. Moves to Ban Smoking at Parks, Beaches

Measure aims to crack down on outdoor puffers
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2010 4:33 AM CDT
A cigarette butt is seen in the sand at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, Calif.    (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – California's smokers will soon be losing yet another place to light up if state lawmakers have their way. The state assembly has passed the nation's most extensive ban on smoking in state parks, outlawing smoking at all state parks and beaches, except in parking lots and campgrounds. Supporters say the move will cut down on litter and wildfires, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Our majestic beaches and parks have been marred by cigarette butts for too long," said the Democratic state senator who authored the measure. Republicans opposed the measure, labeling it a "nanny-state bill." Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn't indicated whether or not he'll sign the bill.

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