SB-0836: (Glazer): State Beaches Smoking Ban

Session: 2017-2018
Author: Glazer
Status: Alive
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, on a state coastal beach or to dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste on a state coastal beach. The bill would establish a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime.

AAP Positional Letter

January 25, 2018

The Honorable Glazer
State Capitol, Room 5108
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 651-4907

RE: SB 836 (Glazer): State Beaches: Smoking Ban
AAP-CA Position: Support As Introduced

Dear Senator Glazer,

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, strongly supports your proposed legislation SB 836 (Glazer) as introduced. This bill would ban smoking in state beaches, except in certain areas designated by the director of the beach.

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.”

SB 836 (Glazer) would make sure that children who frequent state beaches are not exposed to secondhand smoke or inadvertently encouraged to use tobacco by seeing adults doing the same.

Pediatricians across the state strongly support SB 836 (Glazer) and thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in California.


Lauren Gambill, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
State Government Affairs Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, California

cc: Kris Calvin, CEO; AAP-CA Leadership; Lydia Bourne