This bill would make it an infraction punishable by a fine of up to $25 for a person to smoke on a state coastal beach, in a unit of the state park system, dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste on a state coastal beach or in a unit of the state park system unless the disposal is made in an appropriate waste receptacle.
The consequences of smoking are immense. Smoking is the leading contributing factor to lung cancer and heart disease. According to the American Lung Association tobacco still kills over 40,000 Californians every year, sickens thousands more and costs the state more than $23 billion in health care and lost productivity.
Eliminating smoking on beaches and parks will reduce the harmful cigarettes butt litter in these special places. Smoking in parks has adverse impacts on the environment. Containing more than 150 toxic chemicals, cigarette butts, though small in size, have a huge negative impact on the environment and ecosystem in California. Cigarette butts also lead to litter on beaches. The California Coastal Commission reported as part of the California Coastal Cleanup Day from 1989 – 2014. cigarettes / cigarette filters accounted for the highest percentage of trash picked up at 37%. With the next category of food wrappers and containers at 10.48%.