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West Hollywood bans outdoor smoking at restaurants

February 8, 2011 | 10:40 am

Approximate borders of West Hollywood. Click through for more information on the Times' interactive Mapping L.A. project. The West Hollywood City Council has voted to ban smoking in the city’s outdoor restaurants and other public dining areas.

The council voted 3-2 Monday night in favor of the ordinance, the city clerk’s office said Tuesday. The item will be added to the council’s consent calendar Feb. 22 for a second and final vote.

Mayor John Heilman voted in favor of the ban, along with Councilman Jeffrey Prang and Councilwoman Abbe Land. Mayor Pro Tempore John Duran and Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath voted against it.

The ban will apply to all of West Hollywood beginning in 2012 at outdoor dining areas and restaurants. Bars and nightclubs will be exempt.

Two hookah cafes in the city also will be exempt under the ordinance, which creates a nonsmoking buffer zone around covered outdoor dining and service areas.

A separate ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco within 600 feet of a school also was passed Monday night, the clerk’s office said. Retailers operating before Jan. 1 are exempt from that ordinance, the city clerk’s office said.

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Image: Map showing approximate borders of West Hollywood. Credit: Mapping L.A.

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