Bills Banning Smoking at Colleges, Parks Head to Gov. Brown’s Desk

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Lawmakers are asking Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to expand California’s ban on smoking in public places to include beaches, parks and college campuses.

Senators voted 26-10 to pass SB1333. It would make it an infraction to smoke cigars, cigarettes or electronic cigarettes at state parks and beaches, but exempt state-commissioned movies.

Lawmakers also passed a second Democratic proposal Tuesday, this one banning tobacco use on all California State University and community college campuses. AB1594 passed the Assembly 45-23.

Supporters aim to mitigate the harmful effects of nicotine and secondhand smoke.

Brown signed several smoking restrictions earlier this year. They include bills that raise the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, push for all charter schools to be tobacco free and expand workplaces that must be ban tobacco.