Bills in the state legislature address smoking on beaches and in public parks.
The bills would allow each county decide whether to allow or restrict smoking in public beaches and parks. The bills would enter the system in the 2022 session, beginning January.
According to reports, the most commonly picked up item during litter cleanups on Florida beaches is the cigarette butt. Safer and cleaner beaches would be a result of counties being able to regulate tobacco use on its beaches.
In the past, one county tried to ban smoking on beaches. Sarasota’s ban on smoking at the beach was squashed in court in 2013. Under current Florida law, the state regulates public tobacco use.
An attempt at a statewide ban on smoking on beaches was attempted in previous sessions without success. Also, these bills would not change regulations on sale of tobacco, only its use on certain public lands.
[Source: Florida Politics]