The California Assembly approved on Monday a sweeping ban on smoking
at state parks and beaches. Sen. Oropeza’s SB4 is part of the Clean Seas
Coalition package of bills to combat the marine debris crisis. Major
props go to the Surfrider Foundation for its successful efforts as the
sponsor of the bill. Cigarette butts are the No. 1 item found in the
sand on Coastal Cleanup Day and at Heal the Bay’s other beach cleanups.
Despite the fact that Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Malibu
have banned smoking on the beach, butts remain a big problem.