In this Aug. 25, 2018, photo a cigarette butt lies on the sand at a beach in Middletown, New Jersey. A ban on smoking tobacco at public beaches in Florida has been proposed by Florida Sen. Joe Gruters on Jan. 2, 2019. If passed, the law would go into effect July 1.
In this Aug. 25, 2018, photo a cigarette butt lies on the sand at a beach in Middletown, New Jersey. A ban on smoking tobacco at public beaches in Florida has been proposed by Florida Sen. Joe Gruters on Jan. 2, 2019. If passed, the law would go into effect July 1. Jenny Kane AP
In this Aug. 25, 2018, photo a cigarette butt lies on the sand at a beach in Middletown, New Jersey. A ban on smoking tobacco at public beaches in Florida has been proposed by Florida Sen. Joe Gruters on Jan. 2, 2019. If passed, the law would go into effect July 1. Jenny Kane AP

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