Support Regulation of Smoking
in Public Places

SB 224 will be considered by the Senate Community Affairs Committee on Wednesday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. ET.
SB 224 (Gruters) would give cities and counties the ability to provide smoke-free zones in a public park or on public beaches.

Current law prohibits local governments from setting up reasonable smoke-free zones so that our residents and visitors can enjoy public parks, playgrounds, recreation fields and beaches without exposure to unhealthy second-hand smoke.
We Need Your Help!
Action Needed
Please contact members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee and urge them to vote YES on SB 224.

Please also thank Senator Joe Gruters (R-23) for sponsoring SB 224 and also thank Senator Jennifer Bradley, Committee Chair, for co-sponsoring this good legislation. 
Message to Legislators and Talking Points

Cigarette butts are one of the most littered items found on Florida’s beaches. Please give cities the tools to provide smoke-free zones in public places and vote YES on SB 224.

(Include any local examples or stories on how this impacts your city)

  • Cities strive to provide healthy and clean environments for their residents and visitors to live, work and play in – a healthy community equals a vibrant community.
  • Providing smoke-free zones in public parks and beaches is one way to keep our cities beautiful by eliminating discarded cigarette butts and other smoking-related trash.
  • Smoke-free zones also help protect residents and visitors from unhealthy and unwanted second-hand smoke, leading to more enjoyable visits to our parks and beaches.

Contact Tara Taggart at ttaggart@flcities.com with any questions.
Keep Us Informed

Please email Allison Payne and let us know what communications you have with legislators on this issue. 

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!