Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have expanded California’s ban on public smoking to all California State University and community college campuses.
The governor announced last Monday that he is taking initiative on the legislation that would have banned tobacco use on all 136 CSU and community college campuses.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento would have prohibited chewing, dipping, smoking or vaping natural or synthetic tobacco products at the schools, which have about 2.5 million students.
The bill would have allowed school trustees and board members to decide whether to fine campus smokers up to $100. The money would have gone to support education programs at the campus where the violation occurred.
“I honestly, cannot stand smokers on campus its toxic fumes being polluted on this campus,” says Sacramento State student Tamicia Hightower. “This bill would have helped decrease the harmful effects of nicotine and secondhand smoke on campus.”
According to the L.A Times Brown, says the colleges already have that authority and are fully capable of setting their own smoking policies.
Earlier this year the governor has already taken more action by approving tougher tobacco regulations as part of a special legislative session on health care, including boosting the legal age to buy tobacco to 21 and extending existing regulations governing tobacco to electronic cigarettes.
It’s already known Californians are making an effort to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products at the November ballot box. Proposition 56 would raise the per-pack tax on cigarettes by $2 and raise taxes on other tobacco and vaping products.
As the Election Day nears many California voters will soon be able to cast their ballots in hopes that the tobacco companies will be taking another hit.