LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — If an Assemblyman from the Bay Area gets his way, smoking will be banned from all state parks and beaches.

“Smoking is a dangerous habit that results in cancer and pollution. We have a duty to protect Californians visiting our parks and beaches to protect public health and our environment,” said Assemblymember Marc Levine.

His bill, AB 725, has cleared one key committee but still must go before the Assembly Appropriations Committee before the entire Assembly can vote on it.

Violators would face fines of up to $250.

(credit: CBS)

State Beaches in Los Angeles County

Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beaches
Point Dume State Beach
Malibu Lagoon State Beach
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach
Dockweiler State Beach

 State Beaches in Orange County

Bolsa Chica State Beach
Huntington State Beach
Corona del Mar State Beach
Doheny State Beach
San Clemente State Beach
San Onofre State Beach

According to Heal the Bay, volunteers collected 123,051 cigarette butts, which are the most common item found during cleanups, from beaches in Los Angeles County in 2016.

From Jan. 2007 to Jan. 2017, Heal the Bay volunteers picked up 505,768 cigarette butts along L.A. County’s coast, according to data provided by the non-profit organization’s marketing and communications senior manager, Talia Roselli.

On Coastal Cleanup Day in 2015 over the span of three hours, volunteers across the United States collected 1,078,738 cigarette butts on the nation’s beaches. In California alone, 154,303 cigarette butts were picked up, according to Ocean Conservancy.org.


Comments (4)
  1. It’s enough, leave smokers alone outside. It’s their air and beach, as well. I don’t think there are that many smokers at the beach, anyway. Stop discriminating against only smokers – raising taxes to an insane high – just to punish smokers.

  2. How about banning drunks everywhere? Tax liquor the way you tax cigarettes. Let’s see how you lawmakers will like that.

  3. Laying out in the sun for hours (at the beach) causes cancer too! ;-/
    Don’t most butts wash down from the city anyway?

  4. this whole anti smoking debate thing is starting to get beyond ridiculous Californias becoming too legalistic greedy liberal fascist and paranoid for its on good it feels like the coming of the apocalypse is upon this state or something thanks to the onset of the New Word Order which the Democrats and the Republicans are both a part of they are just a bunch of xenophobic losers and habitual liers there is no choice in the 2 party system only the mega rich and the super poor enslaved are allowed to exist we are being manipulated all of the way around like cattle to the slaughter down with consumer based conformancy and the evils of the governmental military industrial complex revolution is coming

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