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SB-836 State beaches: smoking ban.(2017-2018)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares that making it an infraction punishable by a fine of up to $25 for a person to smoke on a state coastal beach or to dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste on a state coastal beach is a matter of statewide concern in recognition of the importance of public health and environmental quality for the people of this state.

SEC. 2.

 Section 5008.9 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

5008.9.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Cigar” has the same meaning as defined in Section 104550 of the Health and Safety Code and, for purposes of this section, may contain any other weed or plant as an alternative or supplement to tobacco or nicotine.
(2) “Cigarette” has the same meaning as defined in Section 104556 of the Health and Safety Code and, for purposes of this section, may contain any other weed or plant as an alternative or supplement to tobacco or nicotine.
(3) “Smoke” or “smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoke” or “smoking” includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing a prohibition on smoking. “Smoke” or “smoking” does not include the use of a cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product used as a prop in a motion picture, television program, or similar filmed audiovisual work, provided filming is properly permitted by the California Film Commission, the active film set is closed to the general public, and any waste is immediately removed from the beach. “Smoke” or “smoking” does not include the use of a cigar, cigarette, or pipe, or any other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product used in connection with the good faith practice of a religious belief or ceremony.
(4) “State coastal beach” means an area that is owned by, operated by, or under the jurisdiction of the department and that adjoins the ocean, a bay, or an estuary.
(b) A person shall not smoke on a state coastal beach.
(c) A person shall not dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste on a state coastal beach unless the disposal of the cigar or cigarette waste is made in an appropriate waste receptacle.
(d) A person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction and shall be punished by a fine of up to twenty-five dollars ($25).
(e) The department shall develop and post signs at entrances or strategic locations, as determined by the director, of state coastal beaches to provide notice of the smoking prohibition set forth in subdivision (b). Subdivision (b) shall be enforced on state coastal beaches only after signs have been posted.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the director may designate, by posted order, areas within state coastal beaches as exempt from the provisions of this section. The director shall consider public health and safety implications and potential fire risk when designating an area as exempt pursuant to this subdivision.
SEC. 3.
  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.