California governor signs law banning people from smoking in state parks, on beaches

California governor signs law banning people from smoking in state parks, on beaches
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomCalifornia becomes first state to mandate later start times at public schools New California law bans school lunch debt shaming California governor signs law banning manufacture, sale of fur products MORE (D) on Friday signed a bill banning smoking and vaping on state beaches and in state parks. 

The bill, introduced by state Sen. Steve Glazer (D), would subject people who violate the new law to a fine of up to $25.

Glazer told the Los Angeles Times after Newsom signed the legislation that it would create "a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for people, fish and wildlife."

"Cigarettes are one of the biggest polluters on our beaches. It harms people through second hand smoke and kills fish which are affected by the tainted trash," he said.

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The state has also faced a series of wildfires, which Glazer said the bill could help prevent. 

"Many forest fires have been caused by discarded cigarettes and this bill can help there too," Glazer told the Times. 

Under the bill, smoking is allowed in parking lots and on paved roads. According to the newspaper, state officials can also designate other areas for smoking.  

Newsom's predecessors Jerry Brown (D) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) vetoed similar legislation.

Vaping products have recently come under scrutiny after a series of illnesses and deaths have been linked to vaping.