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No-smoking zone extended to L.A. farmers markets

September 10, 2008 |  6:37 pm

SmokingThe Los Angeles City Council voted today to ban cigarette smoking in farmers markets, saying such behavior is inappropriate in places where customers buy fresh produce.

The measure was written by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who argued that city officials have been promoting the health benefits of farmers markets and that smoking in such locations undermines that message.

Greuel said most farmers markets are small enough that smokers can walk away if they need to light up.

Read the rest of the story by Times Staff Writer David Zahniser, and join the debate, here.

Photo: Supporters of the ban would agree that this is the only thing that should be smokin' at a farmers market. Photo credit: Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times