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Burbank smoking law gets tougher

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

 
Comments () | Archives (9)

what are we encouraging here, smoke in your car and inside your house. Isnt that worse for 2nd hand smoke than standing in open air? Am i missing something.
2nd hand deaths need better categorization and cause.
No one standing next to you is going to die from 2nd hand smoke unless it happens 24 hours a day in your house and your car! which is what this ordinance is doing.

Smoke free air in Los Angeles? You gotta be kidding me. Maybe when Esther Schiller gives up driving an automobile, which gives off far more harmful emissions, she'll almost have a point.

When will bar-b-ques be outlawed?

Livng above smokers in Burbank for 5 years. Since they smoke on their balcony, I know go through 2 inhalers a month and my 15 year old son has been diagnosed with Asmtha. They are considerate of their family by closing their balcony door, but blow the smoke up. Add a slight breeze to this and you got it!!!! Smoke is in my apartment. It's about time this law was issued!

These anti-smoking zealots will not be satisfied until they have ended smoking altogether.

This is a step in the right direction, however, they aren't reliably enforcing the rules already in effect - so how are they going to police all of these additional areas? Every time I'm in downtown Burbank, people are smoking - particularly around the parking garages and near San Fernando near Media Center. If the cops can't handle enforcement on public streets, how are they supposed to police backyards and balconies?

I say you can blow this and all other anti-smoking laws out Esther Schiller's behind. There are far worse life threatening offenses out here to be concerned about. The time and money spent going after smokers is absurd. Get real.

"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"

Yeah this is not so "marvelous" for the taxpayers of Burbank or those who still believe in American ideals. Cigarettes are a legal product and until the city agrees to accept ZERO tax dollars from cigarette sales, this strikes me as out of control.

Who made this woman God to tell me what I can do on my own patio? This has gone to far. I'll make sure to not patronize ANY business in Burbank from now on in protest.

Personal habits are not defined by any law as rights and should not be treated as rights. It may be necessary to discharge wastes from your body and that's what bathrooms are for. Used cigarette smoke is just another waste discharged from the body and should be kept entirely private. Smokers do not possess some sacred right to force the rest of us to put up with the effects of their dirty and unhealthy addiction.


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