SB-0835: (Glazer): Parks Smoking Ban

Session: 2017-2018
Author: Glazer
Status: Vetoed
AAP-CA Position: Support
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This bill would make it an infraction punishable by a fine of up to $25 for a person to smoke, as defined, in a unit of the state park system or to dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste in a unit of the state park system. The bill would establish a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime.

Veto Message:

To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning the following bills without my signature:

Assembly Bill 1097
Senate Bill 835
Senate Bill 836

I have vetoed similar measures in each of the last two years. Third time is not always a charm. My opinion on the matter has not changed. We have many rules telling us what we can’t do and these are wide open spaces.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.

AAP Positional Letter

September 21, 2018


The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Governor of the State of California

California State Capitol, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814


RE: SB 835 (Glazer): State Parks: Smoking Ban                          

AAP-CA Position: Support


Dear Governor Brown,

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, respectfully urge your signature on SB 835 (Glazer). This bill would ban smoking in state parks, except in areas designated by the director of the park.

Tobacco and secondhand tobacco smoke are highly hazardous to the health of anyone and especially to children. As stated in American Academy of Pediatrics policy, “There is no safe level of tobacco smoke exposure. The developing brains of children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the development of tobacco and nicotine dependence.”

Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States; and, as of 2014, since 1964, approximately 2.5 million non-smokers have died from health problems caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.

SB 835 (Glazer) would make sure that children who frequent state parks are not exposed to secondhand smoke or inadvertently encouraged to use tobacco by seeing adults doing the same. A reduction in littered cigarettes would also potentially reduce wildfires in state parks, thus improving air quality and benefiting children who suffer from asthma and other respiratory ailments.

Pediatrician members of AAP California Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 statewide respectfully urge you to sign SB 835 (Glazer) into law. Thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in California.


Kris Calvin

Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Pediatrics, California

cc: AAP-CA Leadership; Lobbyist Lydia Bourne; Senator Steve Glazer