Outdoor Smoking Ban in California City Takes Effect Next Month

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - An outdoor smoking ban is set to take effect in March in a California city that has outlawed smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor "smoker outposts."

The city council of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously for the ban, which is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction. The city council also agreed to establish a legal right of nonsmokers to be protected from secondhand smoke.

The only outdoor places where smoking is allowed in Calabasas is in up to 20 percent of guest rooms in any hotel or motel and on private residential property, except for housing used for child care or health care facilities when patients, employees or children are present.

The smoking outposts will be confined to shopping mall common areas that are at least five feet from any doorway or opening that leads to an enclosed area.

The smoking ban was approved as a way to protect children from second-hand smoke, reduce "the potential for children to associate smoking and tobacco with a healthy lifestyle," protect "the public from smoking and tobacco-related litter and pollution," and affirm and promote "the family-friendly atmosphere" of Calabasas' "public places."

In January, California became the first state to consider second-hand smoke a toxic air pollutant.

See Earlier Story:
California City Approves Outdoor Smoking Ban (Feb. 2, 2006)

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