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Bill to Ban Smoking in Parks, Beaches Passes California Senate

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A bill seeking to ban all smoking in California state parks and beaches has cleared the state senate, passing by a 25-11 vote on Tuesday.

SB 1333 was introduced by Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) and seeks to punish those who use or dispose of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and medical marijuana in those areas with a $250 fine. The bill has already garnered the support of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association in California and Sierra Club California, and comes just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed several anti-tobacco bills, including one that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old as of June 9.

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The bill now heads to the state Assembly for its consideration. Should it pass, it will affect some 280 areas throughout the state at an estimated cost of $1.1 million to install signage in those areas.

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Patrick Lagreid
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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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