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Burbank smoking law gets tougher

October 4, 2010 |  8:28 am

Burbank smokers have six months to change their smoking habits around their homes.

The City Council this week voted 3 to 1 to prohibit smoking on private balconies and patios in multifamily residences. Smokers will also be prohibited from smoking in or around swimming pool areas when children 17 or younger are present, as well as play areas.

Councilman Dave Golonski recused himself from the decision since he owns a number of multifamily complexes in Burbank.

The current ordinance, in place until May, prohibits smoking at all city-owned properties, downtown Burbank, the Chandler Bikeway, outdoor dining and service areas, and all sidewalks and pedestrian areas accessible to the general public. Violators can also be cited for smoking within 20 feet of an entrance or exit to a building, or within five feet of entrances or in common areas of multifamily residences.

The new amendments will also prevent Burbank residents and visitors from smoking in multifamily units when the residences share common air ducts.

"I think it's a marvelous start and a marvelous improvement to the ordinance they already had," said Esther Schiller, executive director of the Newbury Park-based Smokefree Air For Everyone, which advocates for secondhand-smoke restrictions.

Read the full story here.

-- Gretchen Meier, the Burbank Leader