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Newport Beach might ticket smokers at local parks

April 14, 2011 |  8:27 am

Smokers strolling in a city park may face a citation if the Newport Beach City Council approves a ban proposed at Tuesday's study session.

By a 4-3 straw vote, the council members gave preliminary approval to banning smoking in public parks and open spaces. Already, smokers are barred from lighting up on beaches, piers and the boardwalk.

Newport Beach's action follows other cities' efforts to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke. In February, New York City approved a smoking ban in its parks. And in September, Santa Monica prohibited smoking near apartment buildings.

"We are going to say in areas where people gather to relax and recreate that's not an area where you can smoke," Councilwoman Nancy Gardner said in September, when the city's Environmental Quality Affairs Committee approved the ban. "I don't think we're asking too much."

Read the full report on the Newport Beach smoking crackdown here.

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