01/27/2014 09:20 am ET Updated Jan 27, 2014

Assemblyman Wants To See Cigarette Butt Litter Go Up In Smoke -

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SACRAMENTO — If Assemblyman Mark Stone has his way, Californians who want to smoke might be forced to start puffing on Lucky Strikes, Camels or other old-school, unfiltered cigarettes.

Stone, a Democrat from Scotts Valley, near Santa Cruz, is alarmed about dangers posed by discarded filtered cigarette butts to children, wildlife and the environment. They are costly to pick up and, when burned, their cellulose or plastic filter tips can trap and concentrate chemical toxins.