What Are Your City’s Outdoor Smoking Policies?

In 2003, California passed a law that created smoke-free policies for playgrounds at public parks in order to protect children from secondhand smoke. Since then, many California cities and counties have taken steps to strengthen the law, reducing or eliminating secondhand smoke entirely from outdoor venues, including parks and beaches.

Today, more than 35 cities and towns along the California coast have designated the beaches under their authority to be smoke-free.1 In addition, there are more than 100 cities and counties around the state with smoke-free park laws.1

In addition to secondhand smoke exposure, many who smoke in parks and on beaches leave their cigarette butts behind, which can pose a threat to children, wildlife and the environment.2 Based on the Ocean Conservancy’s 2008 Annual International Coastal Clean-up Report, more cigarette butts were collected than any other type of litter. To read more about how toxic cigarette litter harms our environment, click here.

Find out if your city has a smoke-free policy at your local parks and beaches:

Unfortunately, smoking is still allowed on California state beaches.

  • References

    1. American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation, Municipalities with Smoke-free Beach Laws, 2010.
    2. Novotny, T., et al,, "Filtered Cigarettes and the Case for an Environmental Policy on Cigarette Waste," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2009.

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