ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Del. Jon Cardin says he will introduce a measure to ban the sale of non-biodegradable cigarette butts in Maryland.

Cardin said Thursday the legislation will call for starting the ban in 2015.

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He says the measure would include a fine of up to $200 a pack for a business selling non-biodegradable cigarettes. The bill also would give the attorney general the authority to enforce the law through civil legal actions.

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Cardin says Maryland would become the first state to ban non-biodegradable cigarettes.

He says they should be banned because they pollute Maryland waterways. Cardin is running for the Democratic nomination for attorney general.

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