California Nears Park, Beach Smoking Ban

California lawmakers passed a bill Monday that will ban smoking in the state's parks and beaches if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs it into law. If signed, the law would punish violators with fines up to $100.

The measure, though, does exempt campsites and some specified parking areas.

According to an article in The Christian Science Monitor, many lawmakers said they backed the bill because of the toxic effects cigarette butts have on ocean life, and their association with starting forest fires.

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