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Smoke-free Beaches Legislation

Tobacco Laws that affect Orange County

    New Statewide Smoke-free Entryway Law AB 846, prohibits smoking within 20 feet of a main entrance, exit, and operable window of all public buildings (buildings owned and occupied, or leased and occupied by the state, county, or city) as well as buildings on the campuses of the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California community colleges, effective January 1, 2004. For the law to be effective, a sign must be posted describing the no smoking prohibition.

  • Playgrounds or Tot Lots, AB 188, prohibits the smoking of tobacco products within a playground or tot lot sandbox area. This bill also prohibits any person from disposing of any cigarette, cigarette butts, cigar butts, or any other tobacco-related waste within these areas.

  • California Smoke free Workplace Law, AB 13/3037, prohibits smoking in an "enclosed space" or at a "place of employment" (any place where employment is carried on). This law applies to all workplaces meeting the law's criteria, including bars, dues-paying clubs, fraternal organizations, and veterans clubs. There are exceptions, see the OC health website above.
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