NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis

No Butts on the Beach

April 2, 2004

Ten years ago, California took the lead in banning smoking in restaurants and bars, where individuals in closed areas would be more susceptible to second-hand smoke. However, the assault on tobacco is going to the state's beaches, as many cities are passing ordinances prohibiting smoking on the seashore:

  • Solana Beach enacted the first ordinance last September, while San Clemente enacted a similar ban last week.
  • Santa Monica will likely ban smoking on their beaches starting next week, and the town of Encinitas will vote on a ban next month.
  • Los Angeles is currently proposing a smoking ban for four of its beaches - Venice, Dockweiler, Will Rogers and Cabrillo.

The Youth Tobacco Prevention Corps says it picked up 6,300 cigarette butts along a 1.5 mile stretch of Solana beach, and 91 percent of residents there approved a smoking ban.

Source: Daniel B. Wood, "No-Smoking Force Take New Territory: The Beach," Christian Science Monitor, March 22, 2004.

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