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Councilmembers propose smoking ban at city beaches/parks

Two San Diego councilmen Monday proposed a ban on smoking cigarettes in all beaches and parks in the city. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The city of San Diego is following the examples of L.A., San Francisco and Del Mar in proposing to fine anyone ticketed for smoking along the city's 17 miles of beaches. Councilman Jim Madaffer says cigarette butts are a major source of litter and the ban would also apply to city parks like Mission Bay and Cowles Mountain.

Madaffer: "It is high time that our parks and our beaches are no longer used as an ashtray."

Council President Scott Peters says if the council approves the proposal, signs banning smoking would go up, but the issue would be mainly self enforced. The city of Solana Beach passed a ban three years ago, with a $100 fine for smoking on the beach, but has not actually imposed the fine on anyone. The proposal is supported by environmental groups, the American Lung Association and the city fire department. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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