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Yea or Nay: Smoking ban in outdoor cafes

March 8, 2011 |  8:35 am

It is now illegal to light up in outdoor dining areas in Los Angeles under a new law that took effect Tuesday to protect restaurant patrons from secondhand smoke.

The Los Angeles ordinance prohibits smoking within 10 feet of outdoor dining areas and food courts and within 40 feet of food carts and mobile food trucks. Bars and 18-and-older nightclubs with outdoor areas are exempt from the law.

Our sister blog L.A. Now has more. But before you go, vote: What do you think of the smoking ban? Do you think it will hurt business by driving away smokers? Or will it help attract customers? 

Personally, I wish the Los Angeles City Council was a little more aggressive and banned smoking in nightclubs with outdoor areas. Maybe the rest of us non-smokers would like some fresh air too.

-- Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch

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